Synonyms and Antonyms of relief

  1. 1 a feeling of ease from grief or trouble my coworkers' kind words gave me some relief from the grief that I was feeling upon the death of my partner Synonyms cheer, consolation, comfort, solaceRelated Words encouragement, inspiration, uplift; assurance, reassurance; alleviation, assuagement, mitigation; contentment, gladness, happiness; commiseration, empathy, sympathy; aid, assistance, help, succorNear Antonyms cold comfort; anguish, distress, heartache, heartbreak, torment, torture

  2. 2 a person or thing that takes the place of another I can't go home from my nursing shift until my relief shows up to take over Synonyms backup, cover, designated hitter, fill-in, locum tenens, pinch hitter, substitute, replacement, reserve, stand-in, subRelated Words alternate, understudy; apology, makeshift, stopgap; agent, assignee, attorney, commissary, delegate, deputy, envoy, factor, procurator, proxy, rep, representative, surrogate; assistant, reliever, second; successor, superseder

  3. 3 reduction of or freedom from pain the aspirin gave him some relief from the headache Synonyms alleviation, comfort, release, easeRelated Words appeasement, assuagement, decrease, diminishment, mitigation, moderation, mollification; calming, salving, soothingNear Antonyms discomfort, unrest; agony, anguish, misery, suffering, torment, torture; ache, pain, pang, prick, smart, sting, stitch, throe, tingle, twinge

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to criticize severely

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