• (British) IPA: /ɹɪˈliːvɪŋ/
  1. present participle of relieve#English|relieve


  1. That brings relief. [from 16th c.]
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 24:
      Like a weary insomniac, France too greeted the relieving dawn chiefly longing for one thing only – repose.

relieving (plural relievings)

  1. (archaic) A change in colour, texture, etc. that relieves monotony.
    • 1850, George Field, Rudiments of the Painters' Art (page 68)
      Purple flowers are commonly contrasted with centres or variegations of bright yellow, as blue flowers are with like relievings of orange […]
    • 1855, Arthur's Illustrated Home Magazine (volume 5, page 42)
      The light—divested of its aching brilliancy, lies sweetly upon the floor, checkered as that old man's life, in its quaint, yet charming relievings of shadow.

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