relief has definitions from the fields of government,fine art,law,business
1
[ noun ] the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced

Examples

"as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief"

Used in print

(Brand Blanshard, "The Emotive Theory," Robert...)

On the theory before us , such relief would be groundless , for in that suffering itself there was nothing bad at_all , and hence in its nonoccurrence there would be nothing to be relieved about .

(Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy....)

It was a relief to shift in his mind to technical problems .

(Robert L. Duncan, The Voice of Strangers....)

The secretary sighed with relief and_then the telephone clicked in Rector 's hand .

(Marvin Schiller, "The Sheep's in the Meadow,"...)

When in one letter Jessica informed me that her father did not like the idea of her going_out alone on New_Year's_Eve , I knew for a moment an immense relief ; but the letter went_on : she had cried , she had implored , she had been miserable at his refusal , and finally he had relented - and now how happy she was , how expectant !

(Whit Masterson, Evil Come, Evil Go....)

Andy felt his heart thud heavily with relief .

Related terms

comfort relieve

2
[ noun ] the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)

Synonyms

ease

Examples

"he enjoyed his relief from responsibility" "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"

Used in print

(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

Though it was a great relief when the big brains on these shows turned_out to be frauds and phonies , it did irreparable damage to the ego of the editor and many_another intelligent , well-informed American .

(Jack Kaplan, "The Health Machine Menace: Therapy by...)

People who have not been able to get relief from regular medical doctors are especially apt to be taken_in by quacks '' .

(John Dos Passos, Midcentury....)

He got no relief from drink because , though sometimes Precious would buy himself a drink if he went out with us in the evening , he 'd leave it on the table untouched .

(E. Lucas Myers, "The Vindication of Dr. Nestor,"...)

Alex suppressed those expressions of relief which offered to prevail in his face and escape from his throat ; unwarranted they were in_any_case for , as he stood facing the fille_de_chambre , his ears were assailed by new sounds from the interior of the shower_room .

The two men sat for some time , savoring the pleasure of escape from peril and the relief such escape brings , before they got_up and left the hotel , the doctor to go_to the conference_house and Alex to go_to the main post_office .

Related terms

comfort reprieve still

3
[ noun ] (law) redress awarded by a court

Examples

"was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"

Used in print

(U.S. Reports. Volume 366. Cases Adjudged in the...)

However , it determined that neither this factor , nor `` the fact that all concerned in high executive posts in both companies acted honorably and fairly , each in the honest conviction that his actions were in the best interests of his own company and without any design to overreach anyone , including du_Pont 's competitors '' , 353_U._S._,_at_607 , outweighed the Government 's claim for relief .

On the basis of the findings which led to this conclusion , the Court remanded the case to the District_Court to determine the appropriate relief .

The sole guidance given the Court for discharging the task committed to it was this : `` The judgment must therefore be reversed and the cause remanded to the District_Court for a determination , after further hearing , of the equitable relief necessary and appropriate in the public interest to eliminate the effects of the acquisition offensive to the statute .

At the outset , the Government 's spokesman explained that counsel for the Government and for du_Pont had already held preliminary discussions with a view to arriving at a relief plan that both sides could recommend to the court .

No previous antitrust_case , he said , had involved interests of such magnitude or presented such complex problems of relief .

Related terms

damages law

4
[ noun ] assistance in time of difficulty

Examples

"the contributions provided some relief for the victims"

Used in print

(Tom F. Driver, "Beckett by the Madeleine,"...)

one asked for help for the blind , another help for orphans , and the third for relief for the war refugees .

(Allan J. Braff and Roger F. Miller, "Wage-Price...)

Where this approach becomes critical , the industry can be expected to put much emphasis on this as evidence of its sincerity in `` resisting '' the wage pressures of a powerful union , requesting tariff relief after it has `` reluctantly '' acceded to the union pressure .

Related terms

aid consolation mercy minister

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[ noun ] someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)

Examples

"the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes" "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"

Used in print

(Breni James, Nights of the Kill....)

`` Sir , Vaughn knows better than to leave the station without a relief .

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[ noun ] (fine art) sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background

Used in print

(Clement Greenberg, "Collage" in his Art and...)

In the Analytical phase of their Cubism , Braque and Picasso had not_only had to minimize three-dimensionality simply in_order to preserve it ; they had also had to generalize it - to the point , finally , where the illusion of depth and relief became abstracted from specific three-dimensional entities and was rendered largely as the illusion of depth and relief as_such : as a disembodied attribute and expropriated property detached from everything not itself .

In the Analytical phase of their Cubism , Braque and Picasso had not_only had to minimize three-dimensionality simply in_order to preserve it ; they had also had to generalize it - to the point , finally , where the illusion of depth and relief became abstracted from specific three-dimensional entities and was rendered largely as the illusion of depth and relief as_such : as a disembodied attribute and expropriated property detached from everything not itself .

If they opted_for illusion , it could only be illusion per_se - an illusion of depth , and of relief , so general and abstracted as to exclude the representation of individual objects .

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[ noun ] the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)

Examples

"he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"

Used in print

(Robert E. Lane, The Liberties of Wit: Humanism, Critici...)

In any inquiry into the way in which great literature affects the emotions , particularly with_respect_to the sense of harmony , or relief of tension , or sense of `` a transformed inner nature '' which may occur , a most careful exploration of the particular feature of the experience which produces the effect would be required .

8
[ noun ] a pause for relaxation

Examples

"people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"

Used in print

(Gerald Green, The Heartless Light....)

Both had been up since 7 : 00 - Irv on the early morning watch , McFeeley unable to sleep during his four hour relief .

Related terms

pause breath rest

9
[ noun ] a change for the better

Synonyms

moderation easing

Used in print

(Dolores Hitchens, Footsteps in the Night....)

It would be such a relief .

10
[ noun ] (government) aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped

Examples

"he has been on relief for many years"

Used in print

(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)

On that date the Musicians_Emergency_Fund , organized to furnish employment for musicians unable to obtain engagements during the depression and to provide relief for older musicians who lost their fortunes in the stock_market crash , observed its 30_th anniversary .

Related terms

social_welfare

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[ noun ] (fine art) shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the background

Synonyms

relievo

12
[ noun ] the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged

Examples

"he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta"

Related terms

liberation

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