- 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
Synonyms for relief
Antonyms for relief
Origin of relief2
Related Words for reliefreprieve, help, alleviation, assistance, comfort, satisfaction, respite, maintenance, support, happiness, balm, rest, sustenance, abatement, cure, deliverance, appeasement, solace, ease, refreshment
Examples from the Web for relief
Contemporary Examples of relief
Rob Marshall lets a sigh of relief erupt so loud it could be heard by giants in the sky.Rob Marshall Defends ‘Into the Woods’
December 9, 2014
Congress created SIGAR to provide oversight of relief and reconstruction projects in Afghanistan.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
Still, we had the 13 dwarves to deal with, but at least in this movie we get to knock a couple off, which is a relief.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth
December 4, 2014
He went on to explain that the break-up was finally, in some ways, a relief.Ted Hughes’s Brother on Losing Sylvia Plath
December 2, 2014
But Lomax can heave a small sigh of relief, at least for now: Legislative reform to the 1033 program will not happen in 2014.SWAT Lobby Shoots to Kill Police Reform After Ferguson
December 2, 2014
Historical Examples of relief
But to his relief he observed no change in the demeanor of his fellow-townsmen.
For our relief I tied up the horses for some time before letting them go.Explorations in Australia
He hailed it as a present relief, though he supposed he should have to repay it some time.
Nor could he find any relief of mind in talking with others about her.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
And Jud, shouting with delight and relief, threw his arms around the neck of the horse.Way of the Lawless
- 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
late 14c., "alleviation of distress, hunger, sickness, etc; state of being relieved; that which mitigates or removes" (pain, grief, evil, etc.)," from Anglo-French relif, from Old French relief "assistance," literally "a raising, that which is lifted," from stressed stem of relever (see relieve). Meaning "aid to impoverished persons" is attested from c.1400; that of "deliverance of a besieged town" is from c.1400. Earlier in English as "that which is left over or left behind," also "feudal payment to an overlord made by an heir upon taking possession of an estate" (both c.1200).
"projection of figure or design from a flat surface," c.1600, from French relief, from Italian rilievo, from rilevare "to raise," from Latin relevare "to raise, lighten" (see relieve).