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Definition 1: a pause from doing something (as work) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where respite or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we took a 10-minute break
  • he took time out to recuperate

Synonyms for respite in the sense of this definition

(respite is a kind of ...) temporary inactivity

(... is a kind of respite ) a week or more of recess during the spring term at school

Definition 2: the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for respite in the sense of this definition

(respite is a kind of ...) leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice

"he threw himself on the mercy of the court"

(respite belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 3: an interruption in the intensity or amount of something - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for respite in the sense of this definition

(respite is a kind of ...) some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity

"the telephone is an annoying interruption" "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"

(... is a kind of respite ) abatement of a fever as indicated by a reduction in body temperature

(... is a kind of respite ) an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease)

"his cancer is in remission"

Definition 4: a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for respite in the sense of this definition

(respite is a kind of ...) the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)

"he enjoyed his relief from responsibility" "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"

Definition 5: a pause for relaxation - [noun denoting time]

Samples where respite or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests

Synonyms for respite in the sense of this definition

(respite is a kind of ...) a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

(... is a kind of respite ) a short respite

Definition 6: postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution - [verb of stative]

Synonyms for respite in the sense of this definition

(respite is a kind of ...) hold back to a later time

"let's postpone the exam"

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