Entertainment / Literature / Comic Relief: A humorous scene, incident, character, or bit of dialogue occurring after some serious or tragic moment. Comic relief is deliberately designed to relieve emotional intensity and simultaneously heighten and highlight the seriousness or tragedy of the action. Macbeth contains Shakespeare's most famous example of comic relief in the form of a drunken porter.
Comic Adjective Synonyms: funny, droll, comical, humorous, hilarious, side-splitting, mirthful, jocose, jocular, witty, waggish, clever, facetious, amusing
Relief Noun Synonyms: ease, easing, abatement, easement, deliverance, remedy, redress, alleviation, release, remission, assuagement, liberation, recess
Entertainment / Baseball / Relief Pitcher: The pitcher replacing the starting pitcher. The relief pitcher can win, lose, save, or not be involved in the game’s final score. MORE
Science / Geology / Relief: Variations in the height and slope of Earth's surface. Also used in reference to the vertical difference between the highest and lowest elevations of an area. MORE