- a distinct or abrupt change in mood, scene, action, etc., resulting in a reduction of intensity, as in a play or novel.
- comic relief.
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OTHER WORDS FROM reliefre·lief·less, adjective
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When they finally meet up in the elevator, they look like they can’t believe it themselves, and you feel almost stupid with relief.
Vance saw a pre-screening of the film and expressed relief that people wouldn’t see those scenes.
If you’re an athlete, you can use them for additional relief on sore muscles.Best hand warmers: Block the chill during your favorite winter activities|PopSci Commerce Team|February 10, 2021|Popular-Science
As arguments about the size and scope of covid relief demonstrate, political debate alone does not pose an existential threat to the Republic.Want Unity For Real? Then America Needs to Get Back to Facts|Samar Ali, Bill Haslam and Jon Meacham|February 8, 2021|Time
Both executives expressed relief that the merger with Outbrain fell through last year.Publishers worry Taboola’s SPAC funding could make them more dependent on its ad revenue|Sara Guaglione|February 8, 2021|Digiday
In January, an appeal hearing will determine whether he qualifies for post-conviction relief.The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline|Emily Shire|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And, every election, we have our quasi-comic-relief candidates, your Al Haigs and Gary Bauers and Bill Richardsons.
Take responsibility for an endless stream of people, even as our own suffer, and struggle to get policy relief from Washington.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship|Keli Goff|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Adnan has an appeal hearing for post-conviction relief set for January.The Scoop on ‘Serial’: Making Sense of The Nisha Call, Asia's Letters, and Our Obsession|Emily Shire|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rob Marshall lets a sigh of relief erupt so loud it could be heard by giants in the sky.
It was with a feeling of relief on both sides that the arrival of Mr. Haggard, of the Home Office, was announced.
Several suggestions for the relief of the country bank have come to their notice.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
But she kept the same tone, and its tender archness only gave a greater sweetness to his sense of relief.Confidence|Henry James
And now everybody turned out with a feeling of intense relief to witness the rejoicings on the village green.
So with its completion, he wrapped it carefully, and sent it to a Chicago publisher, while he sighed with relief.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
British Dictionary definitions for 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