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But to his relief he observed no change in the demeanor of his fellow-townsmen.

For our relief I tied up the horses for some time before letting them go.

He hailed it as a present relief, though he supposed he should have to repay it some time.

Nor could he find any relief of mind in talking with others about her.

And Jud, shouting with delight and relief, threw his arms around the neck of the horse.

Time after time He comes to the individual's relief according to His own law.

To Ashton's relief the door opened, and Mr. Compton entered.

Even his silence however was something of a relief to Hester.

She did not weep: long ago she had exhausted the relief of tears.

Finally, with a sense of relief he put out the lights and went to his chamber.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "alleviation of distress, hunger, sickness, etc; state of being relieved; that which mitigates or removes" (pain, grief, evil, etc.)," from Anglo-French relif, from Old French relief "assistance," literally "a raising, that which is lifted," from stressed stem of relever (see relieve). Meaning "aid to impoverished persons" is attested from c.1400; that of "deliverance of a besieged town" is from c.1400. Earlier in English as "that which is left over or left behind," also "feudal payment to an overlord made by an heir upon taking possession of an estate" (both c.1200).

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