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respite

[res-pit] /ˈrɛs pɪt/
noun
1.
a delay or cessation for a time, especially of anything distressing or trying; an interval of relief:
to toil without respite.
2.
temporary suspension of the execution of a person condemned to death; reprieve.
verb (used with object), respited, respiting.
3.
to relieve temporarily, especially from anything distressing or trying; give an interval of relief from.
4.
to grant delay in the carrying out of (a punishment, obligation, etc.).
Origin
1200-1250
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
Related forms
unrespited, adjective
Synonyms
1. hiatus, rest, recess. 2. postponement, stay. 3. alleviate. 4. postpone, suspend.
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British Dictionary definitions for re spite

respite

/ˈrɛspɪt; -paɪt/
noun
1.
a pause from exertion; interval of rest
2.
a temporary delay
3.
a temporary stay of execution; reprieve
verb
4.
(transitive) to grant a respite to; reprieve
Derived Forms
respiteless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French respit, from Latin respectus a looking back; see respect
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Word Origin and History for re spite

respite

n.

mid-13c., from Old French respit "delay, respect" (Modern French répit), from Latin respectus "consideration, recourse, regard" (see respect (n.)).

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