Definition of respite in English:

respite

noun

  • 1A short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.

    ‘the refugee encampments will provide some respite from the suffering’
    [in singular] ‘a brief respite from a dire food shortage’
    • ‘There are 300 hectares of parks, gardens and green areas within the city boundaries so you're never short of a place of respite from the sightseeing.’
    • ‘They have no respite from routine school activities even during holidays.’
    • ‘The heat that day was relentless, and in the west they could see the gathering cumulus clouds that promised a storm, welcome respite from the heat.’
    • ‘Everyone is scurrying for shade and some respite from the sun.’
    • ‘Then I yanked out another and another and another without pausing to give myself respite from the pain.’
    • ‘The brief respite from the pain was used to gasp for breath and try to collect herself.’
    • ‘On a cloudless day during the hot season, the walk can turn out to be quite uncomfortable, for there are no shady trees to provide respite from the heat and the dust.’
    • ‘It is a time of some rest and perhaps a respite from a busy year of teaching.’
    • ‘The charity concentrates on providing happy memories for the child and their family as well as respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment.’
    • ‘Occasional large rocks offer respite from the wind during a well-earned rest.’
    • ‘Under the mixed-mode plans, residents would have no respite from landings, as both runways would be used from 4am to 11.30 pm.’
    • ‘Charlie wasn't sure if she should try to keep the girl awake or not, but at last decided to give her respite from the pain by letting her rest.’
    • ‘This would be followed by a short period of peace with respite from the pressure inside his head.’
    • ‘Well, all the girls and teachers at the school are currently enjoying their Christmas holidays, a well earned respite from work and studies.’
    • ‘To ensure personnel obtain adequate respite from sea service, operational relief rules are amended to incorporate a people element.’
    • ‘Colourful deck umbrellas offer respite from the heat.’
    • ‘This phase of the campaign permitted brief, intermittent intervals in rest camps, but respite from the fighting was rare.’
    • ‘The combination of shade and dappled sunlight encourages people to stop and enjoy a cool, quiet respite from a busy day.’
    • ‘Neither one has been able to continue to work at what they are most passionate about: helping people with fatal diseases gain some respite from pain.’
    • ‘It seems now that the short remainder of my life will offer me little respite from woe and anguish.’
    rest, break, breathing space, interval, intermission, interlude, recess, lull, pause, time out, hiatus, halt, stop, stoppage, cessation, discontinuation, standstill
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    1. 1.1A short delay permitted before an unpleasant obligation is met or a punishment is carried out.
      • ‘This they did later, either on account of the French fishermen or at the instigation of the Dutch, and a year's respite was granted.’
      • ‘The decision amounts to little more than a temporary respite, which could at any time be reversed.’
      • ‘At best, the country has gained a temporary respite; at worst, it has merely succeeded in stoking the flames of hatred even higher.’
      • ‘This respite was temporary - as it had been so many other times before.’
      • ‘Even in the highly unlikely event that the war were postponed, this would represent only a temporary respite.’
      • ‘Edith begged for and obtained a month's respite, then another, and finally a third; the marriage then took place by the death-bed of Sir Richard.’
      • ‘While media commentators are speculating about the prospects for peace, any US-sponsored settlement would be no more than a temporary respite.’
      • ‘However, it was only brief respite for himself and the board who were today continuing their efforts to evade a winding-up order from the Inland Revenue.’
      • ‘"I only sought a brief respite, Annette, " she stated instead.’
      • ‘Folks in Anthon are enjoying a one-month respite from paying their power bills.’
      • ‘Perhaps a month's respite was allowed, to ascertain the royal commands in regard to the city.’
      • ‘He gave her a month's respite, to think over and accede.’
      • ‘Even the tryst with Angelo had only provided a brief respite, as it usually did.’
      • ‘The bishop gave her one month's respite and returned her to her husband, who was bound to the sum of £100 to return her to submit at the end of one month.’
      • ‘That is only temporary respite, until cheaper ‘sewing solutions’ drive them out again.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]rare
  • 1 Postpone (a sentence, obligation, etc.)

    ‘the execution was only respited a few months’
    • ‘I looked at the case it's referring to and the judgement was respited, so you're right to tag it up as supplementary.’
    • ‘That of 1320 was respited as a result of the appeal usually known as the ‘declaration of Arbroath’; from then on, the pope was prepared at least to give King Robert his proper title.’
    • ‘The debate of it was respited to the next meeting, it being late.’
    postpone, put off, delay, defer, put back, hold off, hold over, carry over, reschedule, do later, shelve, stand over, pigeonhole, hold in abeyance, put in abeyance, mothball
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    1. 1.1archaic Grant a delay or extension of time to; reprieve from death or execution.
      ‘some poor criminal … from the gibbet or the wheel, respited for a day’
      • ‘Women, therefore, who were quick with child, and convicted of capital crimes, were respited until after delivery.’
      • ‘Considerable influence was exerted to save her from the death sentence and in the end it was respited, though the records do not tell her ultimate fate.’
      • ‘The rare exception made for pregnant women in Jamaica was that they were ‘respited… from execution until after their pregnancy’.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French respit, from Latin respectus refuge, consideration.

Pronunciation:

respite

/ˈrespət//rēˈspīt/