relief

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
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n. comfort, alleviation (see relief); assistance, welfare, aid; substitution, substitute; projection, convexity.
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Alleviation
Nouns
1. relief, deliverance, easement, softening, alleviation, mitigation, moderation, palliation, soothing, assuagement, slaking. See refreshment, improvement, restoration.
2. solace, consolation, comfort. See aid, content.
3. lenitive, restorative, palliative, alleviative, anodyne, tranquilizer, painkiller, analgesic; cushion, oasis. See leniency, remedy.
Verbs
1. relieve, ease, alleviate, mitigate, palliate, soothe, salve, soften, mollify; poultice; spell (see substitution); assuage, allay, disburden, lighten; quench, slake.
2. cheer, comfort, solace; remedy, cure, refresh.
3. be relieved, breathe more freely, take comfort, breathe a sigh [of relief].
Adjectives
1. relieving, consolatory, comforting, soothing, assuaging, assuasive, balmy, lenitive, palliative, remedial, curative.
2. at [one's] ease, comfortable, content, contented; relaxed.
Quotations — Diseases desperate grown by desperate appliance are relieved, or not at all (Shakespeare), Time eases all things (Sophocles).
Antonyms, see increase.
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(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The act of bringing succor]
Syn. mitigation, easing, easement, alleviation, assuagement, softening, comforting, remission, deliverance, release, extrication, amelioration.
2. [Aid]
Syn. assistance, support, maintenance, welfare; see aid 1 .
3. [A relieved state of mind]
Syn. satisfaction, relaxation, ease, comfort, release, happiness, contentment, cheer, restfulness, a load off one's mind*; see also comfort 1 , ease 1 .
4. [The person or thing that brings relief]
Syn. diversion, relaxation, consolation, solace, reinforcement, supplies, food, shelter, clothing, release, break, respite, remedy, nursing, medicine, medical care, redress, reparations, indemnities, variety, change, palliative, drug, painkiller, anodyne, analgesic, hypodermic, balm, cure; see also aid 1 .
5. [The raised portions of a sculptural decoration or map]
Syn. embossment, projection, rilievo (Italian), high relief, half relief, bas-relief, low relief, hollow relief, intaglio, frieze, contour, configuration; see also decoration 1 .
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(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
release, alleviation, easing, relaxation, mitigation, soothing, amelioration, succor, letup, respite, palliation, balm, help.
ANT.: intensification, aggravation, worsening
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(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The act or an instance of helping: abetment, aid, assist, assistance, hand, help, succor, support. See HELP. 2. Freedom, especially from pain: alleviation, assuagement, ease, mitigation, palliation. See INCREASE. 3. Assistance, especially money, food, and other necessities, given to the needy or dispossessed: aid, dole, handout, public assistance, welfare. See HELP. 4. A person or persons taking over the duties of another: replacement. See SUBSTITUTE.

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