relief

The noun relief means "the act of reducing something unpleasant," like medicine that brings relief from your terrible headache.

Relief has several meanings. It can refer to help or assistance, like disaster relief, or a change for the better: it was a relief when you finally found your car keys. Relief also means "someone who takes the place of another," like a relief pitcher who steps in to finish the game. A relief is also a type of sculpture with shapes carved to stand out from the background.

Primary Meanings of relief

1.
n
the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)
2.
n
assistance in time of difficulty
3.
n
(law) redress awarded by a court
4.
n
someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
5.
n
sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
Full Definitions of relief
1

n the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)

“he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain”
Synonyms:
alleviation, easement, easing
Types:
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spasmolysis
the relaxation or relief of muscle spasms
detente
the easing of tensions or strained relations (especially between nations)
palliation
easing the severity of a pain or a disease without removing the cause
liberalisation, liberalization, relaxation
the act of making less strict
decompressing, decompression
relieving pressure (especially bringing a compressed person gradually back to atmospheric pressure)
Type of:
decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down
the act of decreasing or reducing something

n the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)

“he enjoyed his relief from responsibility”
Synonyms:
ease
Types:
reprieve, respite
a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
Type of:
comfort, comfortableness
a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain

n the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced

“as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief
Synonyms:
alleviation, assuagement
Type of:
comfort
a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment

n the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged

“he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta”
Type of:
freeing, liberation, release
the act of liberating someone or something

n a pause for relaxation

Synonyms:
respite, rest, rest period
Types:
breath, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time
a short respite
Type of:
break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension
a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

n a change for the better

Synonyms:
easing, moderation
Types:
disembarrassment
something that extricates you from embarrassment
breath of fresh air
a welcome relief
Type of:
alteration, change, modification
an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
2

n assistance in time of difficulty

“the contributions provided some relief for the victims”
Synonyms:
ministration, succor, succour
Types:
comfort, consolation, solace
the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction
mercy
alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed
Type of:
aid, assist, assistance, help
the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

n aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped

“he has been on relief for many years”
Type of:
public assistance, social welfare, welfare
governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need
3

n (law) redress awarded by a court

“was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?”
Type of:
amends, damages, indemnification, indemnity, redress, restitution
a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury
4

n someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)

Synonyms:
backup, backup man, fill-in, reliever, stand-in, substitute
Types:
locum, locum tenens
someone (physician or clergyman) who substitutes temporarily for another member of the same profession
double, stunt man, stunt woman
a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts
alternate, replacement, surrogate
someone who takes the place of another person
Type of:
compeer, equal, match, peer
a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
5

n sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background

Synonyms:
embossment, relievo, rilievo, sculptural relief
Types:
alto relievo, alto rilievo, high relief
a sculptural relief in which forms extend out from the background to at least half their depth
bas relief, basso relievo, basso rilievo, low relief
a sculptural relief in which forms extend only slightly from the background; no figures are undercut
half-relief, mezzo-relievo, mezzo-rilievo
a sculptural relief between low relief and high relief
Type of:
sculpture
a three-dimensional work of plastic art

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