• WordNet 3.6
    • v respite postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
    • n respite a pause from doing something (as work) "we took a 10-minute break","he took time out to recuperate"
    • n respite the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
    • n respite an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
    • n respite a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
    • n respite a pause for relaxation "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Respite A putting off of that which was appointed; a postponement or delay. "I crave but four day's respite ."
    • Respite Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause; delay. "Without more respite .""Some pause and respite only I require."
    • Respite (Law) Temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender; reprieve.
    • Respite (Law) The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.
    • v. t Respite To give or grant a respite to. "Forty days longer we do respite you.""To respite his day labor with repast."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n respite Respect; regard. See respect.
    • n respite Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause.
    • n respite A putting off or postponement of what was fixed; delay; forbearance; prolongation of time, as for the payment of a debt, beyond the fixed or legal time.
    • n respite In law: A reprieve; temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender. See reprieve.
    • n respite The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term. Synonyms Stop, cessation, stay.
    • respite To delay; postpone; adjourn.
    • respite To relieve for a time from the execution of a sentence or other punishment or penalty; reprieve.
    • respite To relieve by a pause or interval of rest.
    • respite To cease; forbear.
    • respite Synonyms See reprieve, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Respite res′pit temporary cessation of anything: pause: interval of rest:
    • v.t Respite to grant a respite to: to relieve by a pause: to delay
    • n Respite res′pit (law) temporary suspension of the execution of a criminal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. respit, F. répit, from L. respectus, respect, regard, delay, in LL., the deferring of a day. See Respect
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. respit (Fr. répit)—L. respectus, respect.


In literature:

A resistless wave rushed in; it ended the respite.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Their companions were respited at the place of execution.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 2" by David Collins
The death of Henry brought no respite, for Edward acted with equal harshness.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
In Ireland, however, as might be supposed, the respite of Shore was accepted as settling the question: there would be no execution.
"The Dock and the Scaffold" by Unknown
But a respite was granted it in which to recover its strength.
"Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations" by Archibald Sayce
He wished that he could get a little respite from the steady fire of her eyes.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
But the respite was momentary.
"The Elephant God" by Gordon Casserly
The priest thanked God for the respite He had been pleased to vouchsafe to him.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
I cannot much longer disobey, though I may crave for brief respite.
"The Forest of Vazon" by Anonymous
There lay a respite from thought and a refuge from passion.
"Father Stafford" by Anthony Hope

In poetry:

Has he grown sick of his toils and his tasks?
Sighs the worn spirit for respite or ease?
Is it a moment's cool halt that he asks
"Under the shade of the trees."
"The Shade Of The Trees" by Margaret Junkin Preston
Children - is rest, brief moment of respite,
A trembling vow before God's eyes,
Children - are the world's tender riddles,
Where in the riddle the answer hides!
"Little World" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Ah me! — how loud is vice's yelling noise,
Dinning the Godheads ears both night and day!
No respite knows her never-ceasing voice,
'Till God with vengeance shall her crimes repay!
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
Lay not too cumb'rous, nor too great a load
Upon thy servants, on their working days;
But let some hours of respite be allow'd,
That they their backs, when tir'd with work, may rise.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
When Ruth three seasons thus had lain,
There came a respite to her pain;
She from her prison fled;
But of the Vagrant none took thought;
And where it liked her best she sought
Her shelter and her bread.
"Ruth" by William Wordsworth
Then Pharaoh wavered--more--he called the Hebrews in his haste
Imploring respite--pleading his repentance bitterly--
For there was death on every side, and all the land was waste;--
So the western wind of God blew the locusts out to sea.
"In Egypt" by Virna Sheard

In news:

Downtown Mustang's chic teahouse and cafe is a lunchtime respite.
Recital is welcome respite from holiday fare.
Patricia Parker is a breast cancer survivor who participated in a respite care program operated by OPCC, the Venice Family Clinic and Saint John's Health Center.
For Alaskans who welcomed the respite from political advertising now that the election was over, guess what.
HELEN PORTER HEALTHCARE and Rehabilitation Center and Addison Respite Care Home Ltd have joined forces to open a suite at the nursing home for terminally ill patients.
A front-page story in last week's Delaware Gazette noted the adop­tion of a con­tract for " respite " ser­vices for juve­niles.
The fourth program being highlighted by the Arc of LaGrange County is respite care.
Respite Care is supporting individuals, sustaining caregivers, and strengthening families.
Respite is part of the overall support system that families need to maintain their loved ones at home.
Thank you to all who attended the Respite Angels benefit at the Duhigg Center.
Connor's House Provides Respite For Families.
Respite from the Heat.
Jonathan Brown found an unexpected respite .
The Adult Respite Group had a great day Oct 2.
Respite Care helps special-needs kids and their families heal.

In science:

Cold War”, no one seemed to have the respite to think more deeply and fully about all that would be involved in such an explosion.
Difficulties with Learning and Teaching Calculus