Definition of comforting in English:

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comforting

Pronunciation: /ˈkʌmfətɪŋ/

adjective

1Serving to alleviate a person’s feelings of grief or distress: we would like to thank our family and friends for their support and their comforting words
More example sentences
  • She was grateful for his comforting words and reassuring gestures.
  • It is comforting to think that his was a death with dignity and solitude.
  • The concept of a tragic flaw, after all, is strangely comforting, even absolving.
Synonyms
console, solace, bring comfort to, give solace to, condole with, give condolences to, commiserate with, give sympathy to, sympathize with;
help, support, succour, ease;
reassure, soothe, assuage, calm, relieve, cheer, hearten, gladden, uplift, give a lift to, encourage
informal buck up
consoling, consolatory, condoling, commiserative, sympathetic, understanding, compassionate, solicitous, gentle, tender, warm, protective, caring, loving;
helpful, supportive, easing;
reassuring, soothing, assuaging, calming, relieving, cheering, heartening, uplifting, encouraging
1.1Serving to improve a person’s mood or restore a sense of physical well-being: a comforting bowl of soup
More example sentences
  • The warm comforting smell of coffee drifts closer carrying with it the protecting arms of home.
  • I can smell the comforting aroma of butter and black-peppered fluffy baked potato.
  • Cooking time can, of course, be longer, but what could be better than the comforting smell of home-cooked food wafting through the house?

Derivatives

comfortingly

adverb
Example sentences
  • It seems to me that certain gospel-influenced strands of pop music are comfortingly familiar and participatory.
  • A yummy mix of fudge brownie, chocolate chip cookie dough and vanilla ice cream, this is an comfortingly indulgent Sunday treat.
  • Watching him unravel over the course of his story becomes a horrendous and yet comfortingly human experience.

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