- a distinct or abrupt change in mood, scene, action, etc., resulting in a reduction of intensity, as in a play or novel.
- comic relief.
- relic area,
- relief map,
- relief pitcher,
- relief valve,
Origin of relief1
Origin of relief2
Examples from the Web for relief
Rob Marshall lets a sigh of relief erupt so loud it could be heard by giants in the sky.
Congress created SIGAR to provide oversight of relief and reconstruction projects in Afghanistan.
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|Alex Suskind|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He went on to explain that the break-up was finally, in some ways, a relief.
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|Tim Mak|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He asked nearly half the old lady's income; she sighed in relief.Quisant|Anthony Hope
With a sigh of relief she stretches out her aching and swollen arms.The Executioner's Knife|Eugne Sue
On August 8th the relief squadron and the rescued party arrived in New York.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
It would, indeed, in one aspect be a relief to her now, if she were so ashamed of him as she had appeared to be that day.A Changed Man and Other Tales|Thomas Hardy
She took it quietly, but deeply, which troubled my private sense of relief, and indeed turned it into something very like regret.The Book of Susan|Lee Wilson Dodd
- 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).