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1‘it was such a relief to share my secret worries with her’
reassurance, consolation, comfort, solace, calmness, relaxation, repose, ease
2‘the relief of pain’
alleviation, alleviating, relieving, mitigation, mitigating, assuagement, assuaging, palliation, allaying, appeasement, soothing, easing, dulling, lessening, reduction, abatement
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
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’
replacement, substitute, deputy, reserve, standby, stopgap, cover, stand-in, supply, fill-in, locum, locum tenens, understudy, proxy, surrogate
‘this brief account throws into sharp relief the differences between the rival theories’
highlight, spotlight, give prominence to, foreground
set off, point up, throw up, show up
emphasize, bring out, stress, accent, underline, underscore, accentuate
heighten, intensify, increase, enhance
mask, play down
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