Relief is the ease of pain, tension, strain or other discomfort.(noun)
Relief is support or aid given to a nation or people in a time of need.(noun)
An example of relief is giving money to help those affected by the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
See relief in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr < It relievo < rilevare, to raise: see relieveArchit., Sculpture
Origin: ME releef < OFr relief < relever: see relieve
See relief in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from relever, to relieve; see relieve
Origin: . Senses 6, 7, and 8, French
Origin: , from Italian rilievo; see bas-relief.
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