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respite

[res-pit]
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:
1200–50; (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

unrespited, adjective


1. hiatus, rest, recess. 2. postponement, stay. 3. alleviate. 4. postpone, suspend.
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respite (ˈrɛspɪt, -paɪt)
 
n
1.  a pause from exertion; interval of rest
2.  a temporary delay
3.  a temporary stay of execution; reprieve
 
vb
4.  (tr) to grant a respite to; reprieve
 
[C13: from Old French respit, from Latin respectus a looking back; see respect]
 
'respiteless
 
adj

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respite
late 13c., from O.Fr. respit "delay, respect," from L. respectus "consideration, recourse, regard" (see respect).
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