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English noun: relief

1. relief (feeling) the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced


SamplesAs he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief.


Synonymsalleviation, assuagement


Broader (hypernym)comfort

2. relief (state) the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)


SamplesHe enjoyed his relief from responsibility.
Getting it off his conscience gave him some ease.


Synonymsease


Broader (hypernym)comfort, comfortableness


Narrower (hyponym)reprieve, respite

3. relief (possession) (law) redress awarded by a court


SamplesWas the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?.


Broader (hypernym)amends, damages, indemnification, indemnity, redress, restitution


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

4. relief (person) someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)


SamplesThe star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes.
We need extra employees for summer fill-ins.


Synonymsbackup, backup man, fill-in, reliever, stand-in, substitute


Broader (hypernym)compeer, equal, match, peer


Narrower (hyponym)alternate, double, locum, locum tenens, replacement, stunt man, stunt woman, surrogate

5. relief (act) assistance in time of difficulty


SamplesThe contributions provided some relief for the victims.


Synonymsministration, succor, succour


Broader (hypernym)aid, assist, assistance, help


Narrower (hyponym)comfort, consolation, mercy, solace

6. relief (time) a pause for relaxation


SamplesPeople actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests.


Synonymsrespite, rest, rest period


Broader (hypernym)break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension


Narrower (hyponym)breath, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time

7. relief (event) a change for the better


Synonymseasing, moderation


Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification


Narrower (hyponym)breath of fresh air, disembarrassment

8. relief (act) aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped


SamplesHe has been on relief for many years.


Broader (hypernym)public assistance, social welfare, welfare

9. relief (act) the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)


SamplesHe asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain.


Synonymsalleviation, easement, easing


Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down


Narrower (hyponym)decompressing, decompression, detente, liberalisation, liberalization, palliation, relaxation, spasmolysis

10. relief (artifact) sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background


Synonymsembossment, relievo, rilievo, sculptural relief


Broader (hypernym)sculpture


Narrower (hyponym)alto relievo, alto rilievo, bas relief, basso relievo, basso rilievo, half-relief, high relief, low relief, mezzo-relievo, mezzo-rilievo

11. relief (act) the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged


SamplesHe asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta.


Broader (hypernym)freeing, liberation, release









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