respite

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. postponement, pause, reprieve, cessation, intermission. See lateness, repose.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. reprieve, suspension, commutation, postponement, pause, interval, stop, intermission, recess, rest, break, lull, hiatus, halt, stay, deferment, acquittal, exculpation, pardon, forgiveness, discharge, immunity, deliverance, truce, cessation, interregnum, interruption, adjournment, release, surcease, remission, letup*, breather*; see also delay 1 , recess 1 .
Ant. punishment*, condemnation, penalty.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) n.
[RES pit]
a rest or break from something.
The rain provided respite from the heat.
SYN.: rest, break, relief, lull, breather, letup, time-out, recess, reprieve, remission.
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(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. A pause or interval, as from work or duty: break, intermission, recess, rest1, time-out. Informal: breather. See CONTINUE. 2. Temporary immunity from penalties: grace, reprieve. See CONTINUE.

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  • Respite — Res pite, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Respited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Respiting}.] [OF. respiter, LL. respectare. See {Respite}, n.] To give or grant a respite to. Specifically: (a) To delay or postpone; to put off. (b) To keep back from execution; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Respite — Res pite (r?s p?t), n. [OF. respit, F. r[ e]pit, from L. respectus respect, regard, delay, in LL., the deferring of a day. See {Respect}.] 1. A putting off of that which was appointed; a postponement or delay. [1913 Webster] I crave but four day… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Respite — may be:* Respite (law), delay of sentence * Respite care, care provided as temporary replacement of a live in caregiver * Respite (management), practice of allocating extraordinary resources toward recovery of workers from effects of unusual… …   Wikipedia

  • respite — res·pite / res pət, ri spīt/ n in the civil law of Louisiana: a judicially approved or enforced agreement that provides a debtor with time or a delay for the payment of creditors Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. respite …   Law dictionary

  • respite — [res′pit] n. [ME < OFr respit < L respectus: see RESPECT] 1. a delay or postponement; esp., postponement of the carrying out of a death sentence; reprieve 2. an interval of temporary relief or rest, as from pain, work, duty, etc.; lull vt.… …   English World dictionary

  • respite — late 13c., from O.Fr. respit delay, respect, from L. respectus consideration, recourse, regard (see RESPECT (Cf. respect)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • respite — *pause, recess, lull, intermission Analogous words: leisure, ease, *rest: interruption, interval, *break …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • respite — is pronounced either res piyt or res pit …   Modern English usage

  • respite — [n] pause, suspension in activity acquittal, adjournment, break, breath*, breather*, breathing space*, cessation, coffee break*, deadlock, deferment, delay, deliverance, discharge, downtime*, ease, exculpation, five*, forgiveness, halt, hiatus,… …   New thesaurus

  • respite — ► NOUN ▪ a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant. ORIGIN Old French respit, from Latin respectus refuge, consideration …   English terms dictionary

  • respite — n. 1) to allow, give respite (we allowed them no respite) 2) a brief, temporary respite 3) a respite from (there was no respite from the cold) 4) without respite * * * [ resp(a)ɪt] temporary respite give respite (we allowed them no respite) a… …   Combinatory dictionary

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