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Noun: reliever  ri'lee-vu(r)
  1. Someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
    - stand-in, substitute, relief, backup, backup man, fill-in
  2. A person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies
    "a reliever of anxiety";
    - allayer, comforter
  3. A pitcher who does not start the game
    - relief pitcher, fireman

Derived forms: relievers

Type of: compeer, equal, hurler [N. Amer, informal], individual, match, mortal, peer, person, pitcher, somebody, someone, soul, twirler

Encyclopedia: Reliever