Respite

Definition of Respite

Res´pite   Pronunciation: r?s´p?t
n.1.A putting off of that which was appointed; a postponement or delay.
I crave but four day's respite.
- Shak.
2.Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause; delay.
Some pause and respite only I require.
- Denham.
3.(Law) Temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender; reprieve.
v. t.1.To give or grant a respite to.
[imp. & p. p. Respited; p. pr. & vb. n. Respiting.]
Forty days longer we do respite you.
- Shak.
2.To relieve by a pause or interval of rest.

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