1. [ noun ] the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced
Synonyms: assuagement alleviation

"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)
Synonyms: ease

"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
Synonyms: moderation easing
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"

Related terms: social_welfare
11. [ noun ] (fine art) shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the background
Synonyms: relievo
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"

Related terms: liberation
Similar spelling:   relieve