Definition of rest cure in English:

rest cure


  • A period spent in inactivity or leisure with the intention of improving one's physical or mental health.

    • ‘When Shaun got his knee ligament injury it seemed that John, through a rest cure for his back problem, was on his way back.’
    • ‘Unlike nervous breakdown, neurasthenia generated hosts of suggested, professionally-sponsored remedies, including rest cures under the guidance of doctors and the burgeoning group of mental health professionals.’
    • ‘This excerpt from Dr. Mitchell's book describes his view of the rest cure as a treatment for women's nervous conditions.’
    • ‘I just took that decision, when I really needed a rest cure.’
    • ‘The manager prescribed a rest cure for his weary Wanderers after admitting they are feeling the strain in the fight for Premiership respectability.’
    • ‘In fact, a woman's natural state was considered innately flawed and rest cures were advised.’
    • ‘In civilian practice when faced with patients with neurosis and hysteria he developed his "rest cure".’
    • ‘The Run was first built in 1885 by convalescent Englishmen whose physicians had sent them to this pristine corner of Switzerland as a rest cure.’
    • ‘From being the darling of Wimbledon in 2002, reaching the third round, she had to spend the back end of 2003 seeing if the rest cure would work.’
    • ‘At least for its proponents, the rest cure was not intended to be punitive, but rather preventative.’
    • ‘‘Taking care of oneself was not a rest cure,’ he comments, it is ‘a true social practice… an intensification of social relations’.’
    • ‘Ironically, he is at this same moment standing in the corridor outside Jane's room, with two other medical professionals who have come to encourage Jane to seek a rest cure in the psychiatric hospital.’
    • ‘The two struck up a relationship that deepened on his subsequent rest cures.’
    • ‘I'm having a rest-cure and I can't see anybody.’
    • ‘Dennis, who has always been particularly close to him, is concerned about his driver's condition and he believes the rest cure should be enough to get him back to winning form.’


rest cure

/rɛst ˈkjʊ(ə)r//rest ˈkyo͝o(ə)r/