He is the dramatist of broken hearts, whose waste places are unrelieved by a touch of sunlight.
Too wicked a character or too unrelieved a situation revolts us for this reason.
It is with this in his memory that he here sets the old and the new in unrelieved opposition to each other.
And still there was no ray, nothing but unrelieved blackness.
There is much that is wholly sound and good in Chartism; but it is unrelieved and unbalanced.
She was dressed in white muslin, unrelieved by ornament or any suggestion of colour.
There was not the unrelieved sordidness of other English cities.
It was a toilsome and dreary march, unrelieved by aught to lessen the fatigue.
Morton Eden's reports to Grenville form an unrelieved jeremiad.
Ten years of it—ten years of dogged work and unrelieved failure.
late 14c., "alleviate (pain, etc.), mitigate; afford comfort; allow respite; diminish the pressure of," also "give alms to, provide for;" also figuratively, "take heart, cheer up;" from Old French relever "to raise, relieve" (11c.) and directly from Latin relevare "to raise, alleviate, lift up, free from a burden," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + levare "to lift up, lighten," from levis "not heavy" (see lever).
The notion is "to raise (someone) out of trouble." From c.1400 as "advance to the rescue in battle;" also "return from battle; recall (troops)." Meaning "release from duty" is from early 15c. Related: relieved; relieving.
relieve re·lieve (rĭ-lēv')
v. re·lieved, re·liev·ing, re·lieves
To cause a lessening or alleviation of something, such as pain, tension, or a symptom.
To free an individual from pain, anxiety, or distress.