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English noun: respite

1. respite (state) a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort


Broader (hypernym)ease, relief

2. respite (act) a pause from doing something (as work)

SamplesWe took a 10-minute break.
He took time out to recuperate.

Synonymsbreak, recess, time out

Broader (hypernym)pause

Narrower (hyponym)spring break

3. respite (event) an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

Synonymsabatement, hiatus, reprieve, suspension

Broader (hypernym)break, interruption

Narrower (hyponym)defervescence, remission, remittal, subsidence

4. respite (time) a pause for relaxation

SamplesPeople actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests.

Synonymsrelief, rest, rest period

Broader (hypernym)break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension

Narrower (hyponym)breath, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time

5. respite (act) the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment


Broader (hypernym)clemency, mercifulness, mercy

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

English verb: respite

1. respite (stative) postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)defer, hold over, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, set back, shelve, table

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