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respite

[ res-pit ]
/ ˈrɛs pɪt /
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noun
a delay or cessation for a time, especially of anything distressing or trying; an interval of relief: to toil without respite.
temporary suspension of the execution of a person condemned to death; reprieve.
verb (used with object), res·pit·ed, res·pit·ing.
to relieve temporarily, especially from anything distressing or trying; give an interval of relief from.
to grant delay in the carrying out of (a punishment, obligation, etc.).
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Origin of respite

1200–50; (noun) Middle English respit<Old French <Latin respectus (see respect); (v.) Middle English respiten<Old French respitier<Latin respectāre, frequentative of respicere to look back; see respect

OTHER WORDS FROM respite

un·res·pit·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for respite

respite
/ (ˈrɛspɪt, -paɪt) /

noun
a pause from exertion; interval of rest
a temporary delay
a temporary stay of execution; reprieve
verb
(tr) to grant a respite to; reprieve

Derived forms of respite

respiteless, adjective

Word Origin for respite

C13: from Old French respit, from Latin respectus a looking back; see respect
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