- Relief is the ease of pain, tension, strain or other discomfort.
- An example of relief is medication taking away a headache.
- An example of relief is getting a job after a long period of unemployment.
- Relief is support or aid given to a nation or people in a time of need.
An example of relief is giving money to help those affected by the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
relief definition by Webster's New World
- an easing, as of pain, discomfort, or anxiety
- a lightening of a burden, as of taxation, oppression, etc.
- anything that lessens tension or strain, or offers a pleasing change, as to the mind or eye
- aid in the form of goods or money given, as by a government agency, to persons unable to support themselves
- any aid given in times of need, danger, or disaster, as supplies sent into a flooded area
- release from work or duty
- the person or persons bringing such release by taking over a post
- a payment made by the heir of a feudal vassal to the overlord on taking over an estate
Origin: Fr < It relievo < rilevare, to raise: see relieveArchit., Sculpture
- the projection of figures and forms from a flat surface, so that they stand wholly or partly free
- a work of art so made
- Law the assistance or redress sought by a complainant in a court, esp. a court of equity
- Literature, Drama
- sharp contrast, as of ideas, actions, or events
- comic scenes in a serious drama or filmin full comic relief
- Painting the apparent solidity or projection of objects, obtained by modeling and gradation in color, etc.
- distinctness of outline; contrast
- the differences in height, collectively, of land forms in any particular area
- these differences as shown by lines, colors, raised areas, etc. on a map
- Printing a method of printing in which the image is carried on raised surfaces; letterpress
Origin: Middle English releef ; from Old French relief ; from relever: see relieve
relief definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The easing of a burden or distress, such as pain, anxiety, or oppression.
- Something that alleviates pain or distress.
- a. Public assistance.b. Aid in time of danger, especially rescue from siege.
- a. Release from a post or duty, as that of sentinel.b. One who releases another by taking over a post or duty.
- A pleasant or amusing change; a diversion.
- a. The projection of figures or forms from a flat background, as in sculpture, or the apparent projection of such shapes in a painting or drawing.b. A work of art featuring such projection. Also called relievo.
- Geology The variations in elevation of an area of the earth's surface.
- Distinction or prominence due to contrast: “The light brought the white church . . . into relief from the flat ledges” (Willa Cather).
- Law Redress awarded by a court.
- Baseball The pitching done by a relief pitcher: gave the team two innings of excellent relief.
- A payment made by the heir of a deceased tenant to a feudal lord for the privilege of succeeding to the tenant's estate.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from relever, to relieve; see relieve. Senses 6, 7, and 8, French, from Italian rilievo; see bas-relief.
relief - Legal Definition
- Assistance or help given to those who are in need; especially financial assistance provided by the state.
- The benefit or redress awarded to a claimant by a court, or claimed in a court, especially that which is equitable in nature, such as an injunction against future harm, as distinct from monetary damages.
relief - Phrases/Idioms