Word of the Day
Saturday, July 12, 2003

Definitions for respite

  1. A delay or postponement.
  2. A temporary suspension of punishment; reprieve.
  3. An interval of rest or relief.

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Citations for respite
Fortunately the summers in New London provided a welcome, if not a complete, respite from life on the road. Jane Scovell, Oona: Living in the Shadows
When shall we learn . . . that frequent respites from toil are the very safety-valves of professional men? William Mathews, Getting on in World
Origin of respite
Respite comes from Old French respit, from Latin respectus, "a refuge, a retreat," from respicere, "to look back," from re-, "back" + specere, "to look at."