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Synonyms of relief in English:


  • 1 it was such a relief to share my secret worries with her I found relief in desperately scribbling poetry
    reassurance, consolation, comfort, solace, calmness, relaxation, repose, ease
  • 2 the relief of pain
    [Antonyms] intensification
  • 3 she just needed relief from her burden of bags
    freedom, release, liberation, deliverance, exemption, discharge
  • 4 how she needed a little light relief!
    respite, remission, lightening, brightening;
    amusement, diversion, entertainment, jollity, jollification, recreation;
    interruption, break
    informal let-up
    [Antonyms] seriousness, solemnity
  • 5 the coming of the rains brought no physical relief to the besieged
    help, aid, assistance, succour, care, sustenance;
    subsidy, benefit, charity, gifts, donations, financial assistance, debt remission;
    a helping hand, a leg up
  • 6 his relief arrived to take over
  • Phrases

    throw something into relief
    this brief account throws into sharp relief the differences between the rival theories
    [Antonyms] mask, play down
    highlight, spotlight, give prominence to, foreground;
    set off, point up, throw up, show up;
    heighten, intensify, increase, enhance
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