- the state of reposing or being at rest; rest; sleep.
- peace; tranquillity; calm.
- dignified calmness, as of manner; composure.
- absence of movement, animation, etc.: When in repose, her face recalls the Mona Lisa.
- to lie or be at rest, as from work, activity, etc.
- to lie dead: His body will repose in the chapel for two days.
- to be peacefully calm and quiet: The sea reposed under the tropical sun.
- to lie or rest on something.
- Archaic. to depend or rely on a person or thing.
- to lay to rest; rest; refresh by rest (often used reflexively).
Origin of repose1
- to put (confidence, trust, etc.) in a person or thing.
- to put under the authority or at the disposal of a person.
- Archaic. to deposit.
Origin of repose2
- to pose again.
Origin of re-pose
Examples from the Web for repose
The other, Sophie Berthelot, was allowed in so she could repose in aeternum next to her spouse, the chemist Marcellin.France Honors Women … Finally
February 22, 2014
And those in the middle mostly plow ahead, refreshed by the repose of spirit or soul so hard to find at the top or the bottom.The Music Industry Is Dying? Great
December 26, 2013
This is a still from a 2008 video called "Repose (on the Plinthe)", by Vancouver artist Adad Hannah.Reflecting on Genius
October 18, 2013
When the action summits, and when the characters are in a state of repose.Benjamin Percy: How I Write
June 5, 2013
Hillary Clinton seemed to be in a rare moment of repose while the Middle East erupted.Hillary Clinton’s War for Women’s Rights
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
March 6, 2011
A still, pale fog is soothing; it lulls nature to a kind of repose.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It has been said that unsettled questions have no pity for the repose of nations.
And now I will try if any repose will fall to my lot for the remainder of this night.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Perhaps here she found the repose hitherto so vainly sought.Biographical Sketches
I found my new master every way worthy of any confidence I might repose in him.Biography of a Slave
- a state of quiet restfulness; peace or tranquillity
- dignified calmness of manner; composure
- to place (oneself or one's body) in a state of quiet relaxation; lie or lay down at rest
- (intr) to lie when dead, as in the grave
- (intr ; foll by on, in, etc) formal to take support (from) or be based (on)your plan reposes on a fallacy
- to put (trust or confidence) in a person or thing
- to place or put (an object) somewhere
Word Origin and History for repose
"put, place," mid-15c., from Latin repos-, stem of reponere "put back, set back, replace, restore; put away, lay out, stretch out," from re- "back, away" (see re-) + ponere "to put, place" (see position (n.)). Or perhaps [Klein] formed in Middle English from Old French poser, on model of disposen "dispose."
"rest," c.1500, from Middle French repos (11c.), back-formation from reposer (see repose (v.1)).