Definition Of respite


a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.

the refugee encampments will provide some respite from the suffering

postpone (a sentence, obligation, etc.).

the execution was only respited a few months

Example Of respite

  • a brief respite from a dire food shortage

  • a Letter of Licence, by which creditors agreed to postpone claims, brought only temporary respite

  • At best, the country has gained a temporary respite ; at worst, it has merely succeeded in stoking the flames of hatred even higher.

  • 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.

  • Colourful deck umbrellas offer respite from the heat.

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