- 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 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.
- 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 of reliefFr < It relievo < rilevare, to raise: see relieve
- 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
- 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 of reliefMiddle English releef ; from Old French relief ; from relever: see relieve
- a. The easing of a pain, distress, or anxiety: The drug provides quick relief from asthma. The news of their safe arrival came as a great relief.b. Something that alleviates pain, distress, or anxiety: It was a relief to see that everyone had arrived safely.
- a. Aid in time of danger: disaster relief.b. Rescue from a siege: troops sent for the relief of the fort.c. Public assistance: people eligible for relief.
- a. Release from a post or duty, such as that of sentinel.b. One who takes over a post or duty for another.
- Something that makes a pleasant or amusing change from something tedious or unpleasant: The music was a great relief after all those phone calls.
- 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 &ellipsis; into relief from the flat ledges” (Willa Cather).
- Law The objective sought by a lawsuit or legal action, such as an award of monetary damages or an order requiring the other party to take a particular action.
- 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 of reliefMiddle English, from Old French, from relever, to relieve; see relieve. Senses 5, 6, and 7, French, from Italian rilievo; see bas-relief.
- The removal of stress or discomfort.
- I sighed with relief when I found out that my daughter hadn't got lost, but was waiting for me at home.
- The feeling associated with the removal of stress or discomfort.
- The person who takes over a shift for another.
- Officer Schmidt can finally go home because his relief has arrived.
- Aid or assistance offered in time of need.
- (law) Court-ordered compensation, aid, or protection, a redress.
- A lowering of a tax through special provisions; short for tax relief.
- A type of sculpture or other artwork in which shapes or figures protrude from a flat background.
- The apparent difference in elevation in the surface of a painting or drawing made noticeable by a variation in light or color.
- The difference of elevations on a surface.
- The relief on that part of the earth's surface.
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.