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Contentment vs Relief - What's the difference?

contentment | relief |

As nouns the difference between contentment and relief

is that contentment is the state or degree of being contented while relief is embossment (especially that on a map).



  • the state or degree of being contented
  • * 1908 ,
  • Then they got out their boat from the boat-house, sculled down the river home, and at a very late hour sat down to supper in their own cosy riverside parlour, to the Rat's great joy and contentment.
  • happiness in one's situation; satisfaction
  • the neurophysiological experience of satisfaction and being at ease in one's situation, body, and/or mind.
  • Antonyms

    * discontentment



    (wikipedia relief)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) . See also relieve.


    (en noun)
  • The removal of stress or discomfort.
  • *
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  • The feeling associated with the removal of stress or discomfort.
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  • , title=The Dust of Conflict , chapter=20 citation , passage=Tony's face expressed relief , and Nettie sat silent for a moment until the vicar said “It was a generous impulse, but it may have been a momentary one,
  • The person who takes over a shift for another.
  • Aid or assistance offered in time of need.
  • (legal) Court-ordered compensation, aid, or protection, a redress.
  • A lowering of a tax through special provisions; short for tax relief.
  • Synonyms
    * (removal of stress and discomfort) ease, alleviation, liss, respite * (feeling of removal of stress and discomfort) ease, alleviation, liss * (person who takes over a shift) stand-in, substitute, backup, fill-in
    Derived terms
    * relieve * relief agency * relief pitcher * relief map * relief worker

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A type of sculpture or other artwork in which shapes or figures protrude from a flat background.
  • The apparent difference in elevation in the surface of a painting or drawing made noticeable by a variation in light or color.
  • The difference of elevations on a surface.
  • the relief on that part of the Earth's surface
    * (type of artwork) embossing * (difference of elevations on a surface) texture, topography


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