Definition of respite :
1. A putting off of that which was appointed; a postponement or delay.
2. Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause; delay.
3. Temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender; reprieve.
4. The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.
5. To delay or postpone; to put off.
6. To give or grant a respite to.
7. To keep back from execution; to reprieve.
8. To relieve by a pause or interval of rest.
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relief (part of speech: noun)
- What can be worse- what need we fear more- than to be left alone forever with a guilty and accusing conscience, and no respite, no solace? - "From Jest to Earnest", E. P. Roe.
- " But Amy is not come home yet, mamma," persisted Dora, seizing eagerly upon any chance of a respite. - "Amy Herbert", Elizabeth Sewell.
- In the general consternation following on the dramatic appearance of this uninvited guest, Desmond had a brief respite in which to think over his position. - "Okewood of the Secret Service", Valentine Williams.