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relief meaning and definition

Definition and meaning of relief at MeaningMonkey.org. relief meaning and definition in the English Dictionary.


Definition of relief (noun)

  1. the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced
  2. 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"
    • synonyms: ease
  3. (law) redress awarded by a court
    • "was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"
  4. someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
  5. assistance in time of difficulty
  6. a pause for relaxation
  7. a change for the better
  8. aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped
    • "he has been on relief for many years"
  9. the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)
  10. sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
  11. the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged
    • "he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta"
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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