rest cure



a treatment for nervous disorders, consisting of a complete rest, usually combined with systematic diet, massage, etc., especially at a spa or sanitorium.

Origin of rest cure

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rest-cure

Historical Examples of rest-cure

  • I'm coming to Egypt for a rest-cure, because I don't have to learn its history.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • For one desiring a rest-cure the method may be recommended confidently.

  • His friends said that he had a nervous breakdown; they sent him to a rest-cure.


    Hugh Walpole

  • The rondy was hardly a spot to which one would have resorted for a rest-cure.

  • Anybody could go to a home for nervous patients for a rest-cure.

British Dictionary definitions for rest-cure



a rest taken as part of a course of medical treatment, as for stress, anxiety, etc
an easy undemanding time or assignment: usually used with a negativeit's no rest-cure, I can assure you
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