|1.||[ noun ] the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced|
"as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief"
|Related terms:||comfort relieve|
|2.||[ noun ] the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)|
"he enjoyed his relief from responsibility" "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"
|Related terms:||comfort reprieve still|
|3.||[ noun ] (law) redress awarded by a court|
"was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"
|Related terms:||damages law|
|4.||[ noun ] assistance in time of difficulty|
|Synonyms:||succor ministration succour|
"the contributions provided some relief for the victims"
|Related terms:||aid consolation mercy minister|
|5.||[ noun ] someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)|
|Synonyms:||fill-in substitute backup_man backup reliever stand-in|
"the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes" "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"
|Related terms:||peer surrogate locum_tenens double substitute|
|6.||[ noun ] (fine art) sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background|
|Synonyms:||relievo rilievo sculptural_relief embossment|
|Related terms:||sculpture bas_relief bas_relief mezzo-relievo alto_relievo alto-relievo emboss|
|7.||[ noun ] the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)|
|Synonyms:||alleviation easement easing|
"he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"
|Related terms:||decrease palliation spasmolysis liberalization detente relieve comfort|
|8.||[ noun ] a pause for relaxation|
|Synonyms:||rest rest_period respite|
"people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
|Related terms:||pause breath rest|
|9.||[ noun ] a change for the better|
|Related terms:||change disembarrassment breath_of_fresh_air facilitate|
|10.||[ noun ] (government) aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped|
"he has been on relief for many years"
|11.||[ noun ] (fine art) shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the background|
|Related terms:||sculpture bas_relief alto_relievo|
|12.||[ noun ] the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged|
"he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta"