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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɹɛˌspaɪt/, IPA(key): /ˈɹɛspɪt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɹɛspɪt/
- A brief interval of rest or relief.
- Some pause and respite only I require.
- I crave but four day's respite.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.
- 2013 May 23, Sarah Lyall, "British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013):
- Mr. Cameron had a respite Thursday from the negative chatter swirling around him when he appeared outside 10 Downing Street to denounce the murder a day before of a British soldier on a London street.
- (law) A reprieve, especially from a sentence of death.
- (law) The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.
brief interval of rest or relief
reprieve, especially from a sentence of death
(transitive) To delay or postpone