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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.


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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