- a distinct or abrupt change in mood, scene, action, etc., resulting in a reduction of intensity, as in a play or novel.
- comic relief.
Origin of relief1
ANTONYMS FOR relief
Related formsre·lief·less, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for on relief
- help or assistance, as to the poor, needy, or distressed
- (as modifier)relief work
- the act of freeing a beleaguered town, fortress, etcthe relief of Mafeking
- (as modifier)a relief column
- the projection of forms or figures from a flat ground, so that they are partly or wholly free of it
- a piece of work of this kind
Word Origin for relief
Idioms and Phrases with on relief
Also, on welfare; on the dole. Receiving public financial assistance, as in Half the people in this town are on relief, or Don hated the idea of going on welfare. The first two terms originated in the United States in the 1930s, when government assistance of this kind was first instituted. On the dole, used mainly in Britain but occasionally in America, dates from the 1920s, although the use of dole for a charitable gift dates from about 1200.