7. To ease of any imposition, burden, wrong, or oppression, by judicial or legislative interposition, as by
the removal of a grievance, by indemnification for losses, or the like; to right.
Syn. To alleviate; assuage; succor; assist; aid; help; support; substain; ease; mitigate; lighten; diminish; remove; free; remedy; redress; indemnify.
(Re*lieve"ment) n. The act of relieving, or the state of being relieved; relief; release. [Archaic.]
(Re*liev"er) n. One who, or that which, relieves.
Relieving arch (Arch.), a discharging arch. See under Discharge, v. t. Relieving tackle. (Naut.)
(a) A temporary tackle attached to the tiller of a vessel during gales or an action, in case of accident to
the tiller ropes. (b) A strong tackle from a wharf to a careened vessel, to prevent her from going over
entirely, and to assist in righting her. Totten. Craig.
(Re*liev"ing), a. Serving or tending to relieve.
(Re*lie"vo) n. [It. rilievo.] See Relief, n., 5.
(Re*light") v. t. To light or kindle anew.
(||Re*li`gi`euse") n. f. Religieux
(||Re*li`gi`eux") n. m. [F.] A person bound by monastic
vows; a nun; a monk.
(Re*li"gion) n. [F., from L. religio; cf. religens pious, revering the gods, Gr. 'ale`gein to heed,
have a care. Cf. Neglect.]
1. The outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods
having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression
of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief,
by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of faith and worship; a manifestation
of piety; as, ethical religions; monotheistic religions; natural religion; revealed religion; the religion of the
Jews; the religion of idol worshipers.
An orderly life so far as others are able to observe us is now and then produced by prudential motives
or by dint of habit; but without seriousness there can be no religious principle at the bottom, no course of
conduct from religious motives; in a word, there can be no religion.Paley.
Religion [was] not, as too often now, used as equivalent for godliness; but . . . it expressed the outer
form and embodiment which the inward spirit of a true or a false devotion assumed.Trench.
Religions, by which are meant the modes of divine worship proper to different tribes, nations, or communities,
and based on the belief held in common by the members of them severally. . . . There is no living religion
without something like a doctrine. On the other hand, a doctrine, however elaborate, does not constitute
a religion.C. P. Tiele
Religion . . . means the conscious relation between man and God, and the expression of that relation
in human conduct.J. Köstlin (Schaff-Herzog Encyc.)
After the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.Acts xxvi. 5.
The image of a brute, adornedMilton.
With gay religions full of pomp and gold.