For example, waking up from a dream where you had an assignment due you didn't do but in waking you realize it was only a dream and you didn't actually have an assignment due, and feeling relief.

Looking for a word with this meaning to replace a word in a language other than English...


  • But we don't provide words in languages other than English. – bib Jan 29 '15 at 23:06
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    Relieved is really a good word. In some contexts it means no longer anxious, but in the expression relieved of duty, it also means no longer responsible. – ScotM Jan 29 '15 at 23:36
  • Are you looking for a single word or a phrase? You may want to add a tag to your question. – Zairja Jan 30 '15 at 1:12
  • It's called the relief you feel from waking up from a bad dream. Apparently you have a word for that in the other language you have in mind. Dunno of an English word for it. Try translating your word... And see english.stackexchange.com/tags/single-word-requests/info. – Drew Jan 30 '15 at 4:29
  • The fear/anxiety evaporates. For example, As the dream faded, his anxiety evaporated. – bib Jan 30 '15 at 12:52

If it were a real obligation (or risk) that was avoided, rather than an imaginary one, you could say dodge a bullet

To have a narrow escape; to avoid injury, disaster, or some other undesirable situation.



I would use the word you suggested in the title:



No longer feeling distressed or anxious; reassured:

The predominant meaning is closely connected to a special use:

Relieved of duty

relieve one of duties

Euph. to fire someone; to dismiss someone from employment

After the scandal, she was relieved of her duties at the embassy.

So the word addresses the inner feeling as well as the external reality: you are no longer responsible for the imaginary duties of your dream.


You'd be feeling spared.

To save from strain, discomfort, embarrassment, or the like, or from a particular cause of it.

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    "Unburdened" is a single word that connotes being relieved or excused from a duty, particulary an unpleasant one, which is seen as "onerous" (from Latin "onus" ) – Brian Hitchcock Jan 31 '15 at 13:18

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