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Definitions of respite

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

Antonyms for respite

circus, madhouse, babel, three-ring circus, scrum.

Quotes of respite

  1. The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite no incident occurred from which my rage and misery could not extract its food. – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Usage examples for respite

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Her respite came far more quickly than she could have imagined possible. ” – Amabel Channice by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. “ For the days went on, and each of many mornings brought its own respite till the next. ” – Stingaree by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  7. “ " 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
  8. “ For the next few weeks Nature would give them a partial respite – Nature's Serial Story by E. P. Roe
  9. Her father's death and some little money left to her gave momentary respite – London's Underworld by Thomas Holmes
  10. There came a respite – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
  11. This inexplicable forbearance gave Henrietta a week's respite – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Bert drew a breath of relief; but the respite was brief. ” – A Voyage with Captain Dynamite by Charles Edward Rich
  16. 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
  17. My disgrace brought me respite for fresh adventure. ” – The Boss of Little Arcady by Harry Leon Wilson
  18. It was but a brief respite – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  19. 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
  20. 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