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  • the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged
    • he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta
  • sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
  • the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)
    • he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain
  • aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped
    • he has been on relief for many years
  • a change for the better
  • a pause for relaxation
    • people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests
  • assistance in time of difficulty
    • the contributions provided some relief for the victims
  • someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
    • the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes
    • we need extra employees for summer fill-ins
  • (law) redress awarded by a court
    • was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?
  • the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)
    • he enjoyed his relief from responsibility
    • getting it off his conscience gave him some ease
  • the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced
    • as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief
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