repose

1
[ri-pohz]
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noun
  1. the state of reposing or being at rest; rest; sleep.
  2. peace; tranquillity; calm.
  3. dignified calmness, as of manner; composure.
  4. absence of movement, animation, etc.: When in repose, her face recalls the Mona Lisa.
verb (used without object), re·posed, re·pos·ing.
  1. to lie or be at rest, as from work, activity, etc.
  2. to lie dead: His body will repose in the chapel for two days.
  3. to be peacefully calm and quiet: The sea reposed under the tropical sun.
  4. to lie or rest on something.
  5. Archaic. to depend or rely on a person or thing.
verb (used with object), re·posed, re·pos·ing.
  1. to lay to rest; rest; refresh by rest (often used reflexively).

Origin of repose

1
1425–75; late Middle English reposen (v.) < Middle French reposer, Old French < Late Latin repausāre, equivalent to Latin re- re- + Late Latin pausāre to rest (derivative of Latin pausa pause)
Related formsre·pos·ed·ly [ri-poh-zid-lee] /rɪˈpoʊ zɪd li/, adverbre·pos·ed·ness, nounre·pos·er, noun
Can be confusedre-pose repose

repose

2
[ri-pohz]
verb (used with object), re·posed, re·pos·ing.
  1. to put (confidence, trust, etc.) in a person or thing.
  2. to put under the authority or at the disposal of a person.
  3. Archaic. to deposit.

Origin of repose

2
1375–1425; late Middle English reposen to replace, representing Latin repōnere to put back; see re-, pose1

re-pose

[ree-pohz]
verb (used with or without object), re-posed, re-pos·ing.
  1. to pose again.

Origin of re-pose

Can be confusedre-pose repose
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Examples from the Web for repose

Contemporary Examples of repose

  • The other, Sophie Berthelot, was allowed in so she could repose in aeternum next to her spouse, the chemist Marcellin.

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    France Honors Women … Finally

    Katie Baker

    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.

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    The Music Industry Is Dying? Great

    James Poulos

    December 26, 2013

  • This is a still from a 2008 video called "Repose (on the Plinthe)", by Vancouver artist Adad Hannah.

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    Reflecting on Genius

    Blake Gopnik

    October 18, 2013

  • When the action summits, and when the characters are in a state of repose.

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    Benjamin Percy: How I Write

    Noah Charney

    June 5, 2013

  • Hillary Clinton seemed to be in a rare moment of repose while the Middle East erupted.

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    Hillary Clinton’s War for Women’s Rights

    Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

    March 6, 2011

Historical Examples of repose


British Dictionary definitions for repose

repose

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noun
  1. a state of quiet restfulness; peace or tranquillity
  2. dignified calmness of manner; composure
verb
  1. to place (oneself or one's body) in a state of quiet relaxation; lie or lay down at rest
  2. (intr) to lie when dead, as in the grave
  3. (intr ; foll by on, in, etc) formal to take support (from) or be based (on)your plan reposes on a fallacy
Derived Formsreposal, nounreposer, nounreposeful, adjectivereposefully, adverbreposefulness, noun

Word Origin for repose

C15: from Old French reposer, from Late Latin repausāre from re- + pausāre to stop; see pause

repose

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verb (tr)
  1. to put (trust or confidence) in a person or thing
  2. to place or put (an object) somewhere
Derived Formsreposal, noun

Word Origin for repose

C15: from Latin repōnere to store up, from re- + pōnere to put
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Word Origin and History for repose
v.1

"lie at rest," mid-15c., from Middle French reposer, from Old French repauser (10c.), from Late Latin repausare "cause to rest," from Latin re-, here probably an intensive prefix (see re-), + Late Latin pausare "to stop" (see pause (v.)). Related: Reposed; reposing.

v.2

"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."

n.

"rest," c.1500, from Middle French repos (11c.), back-formation from reposer (see repose (v.1)).

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