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Definitions of respite

  1. an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
  2. a pause from doing something ( as work); " we took a 10- minute break"; " he took time out to recuperate"
  3. a pause for relaxation; " people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
  4. the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
  5. a ( temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
  6. postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
  7. grant a respite to
  8. A putting off of that which was appointed; a postponement or delay.
  9. Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause; delay.
  10. Temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender; reprieve.
  11. The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.
  12. To give or grant a respite to.
  13. To delay or postpone; to put off.
  14. To keep back from execution; to reprieve.
  15. To relieve by a pause or interval of rest.
  16. A temporary putting off, as of the carrying out of a sentence; postponement; brief period of rest; as, a respite from labor.
  17. To grant a delay to; as, to respite a criminal; to relieve by a short period of rest.
  18. Temporary cessation of anything: pause: interval of rest: ( law) temporary suspension of the execution of a criminal.
  19. To grant a respite to: to relieve by a pause: to delay.
  20. Temporary cessation; interval of relief; suspension of punishment.
  21. Temporary intermission of labour, process, or operation; interval of rest; pause; temporary suspension of the execution of a criminal; the prolongation of time for the payment of a debt.
  22. To relieve by an interval of rest; to suspend the execution of; to postpone. See Respect.
  23. Delay, as for breathing; pause; interval; temporary suspension of the execution of a capital sentence on a criminal; a reprieve.
  24. To suspend; to delay for a time; to relieve by an interval of rest.
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Usage examples for respite

  1. With the indifference born of long usage they were enjoying every minute of the brief respite accorded them, content to wait for the doctor's call if the patient had immediate need of them. – The Heart of a Woman by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  2. Her father's death and some little money left to her gave momentary respite. – London's Underworld by Thomas Holmes
  3. My disgrace brought me respite for fresh adventure. – The Boss of Little Arcady by Harry Leon Wilson
  4. This inexplicable forbearance gave Henrietta a week's respite. – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  5. It was but a brief respite. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  6. The day gave her a slight respite and she trusted in some miracle. – The Reign of Greed Complete English Version of 'El Filibusterismo' by Jose Rizal
  7. Why does Death delay and hesitate to come and seize me without respite? – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  8. Her respite came far more quickly than she could have imagined possible. – Amabel Channice by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  9. She stood there for several moments, as though in search of some respite from the emotional atmosphere upon which she had turned her back. – The Zeppelin's Passenger by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  10. For the days went on, and each of many mornings brought its own respite till the next. – Stingaree by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  11. She noticed with relief that the meal was nearly over, but gained no respite thereby. – A Romance of Wastdale by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  12. Bert drew a breath of relief; but the respite was brief. – A Voyage with Captain Dynamite by Charles Edward Rich
  13. " I see you still take your smoke, Archie," I added cheerfully, nodding towards an ancient trusty pipe which enjoyed its brief respite on a chair, long his familiar friend, and noticeably breathing out its loyalty where it lay. – St. Cuthbert's by Robert E. Knowles
  14. For the next few weeks Nature would give them a partial respite. – Nature's Serial Story by E. P. Roe
  15. Grateful for even a momentary respite, Jake rose from his knees with alacrity and humbly followed one of the Rebels along the path. – The Red Acorn by John McElroy
  16. Another respite from toil and another hour more of exertion, and I gave myself up for lost. – Stories about Animals: with Pictures to Match by Francis C. Woodworth
  17. This glimpse of peace Lies at the heart of pain, For respite, ere the spirit's load We stoop to lift again. – Songs of Angus and More Songs of Angus by Violet Jacob
  18. Of the respite that had come to him, since the two men had visited the town, and of the miserable life he led at the farm, and the way in which Jessie behaved to him now; for, to his sorrow, it seemed to him that she looked upon him with a kind of horror, and avoided all communication. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  19. The Spanish resident at the Roman court was despatched to Milan; and the terms on which the holy father was to obtain a brief respite were at length arranged. – The History of Napoleon Buonaparte by John Gibson Lockhart
  20. There came a respite. – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
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