Adjective "respite" definition and examples

(Respite may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.
  1. in singular 'a brief respite from the heat'
  2. 'The charity concentrates on providing happy memories for the child and their family as well as respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment.'
  3. 'On a cloudless day during the hot season, the walk can turn out to be quite uncomfortable, for there are no shady trees to provide respite from the heat and the dust.'
  4. 'This would be followed by a short period of peace with respite from the pressure inside his head.'
  5. 'Charlie wasn't sure if she should try to keep the girl awake or not, but at last decided to give her respite from the pain by letting her rest.'
  6. 'The heat that day was relentless, and in the west they could see the gathering cumulus clouds that promised a storm, welcome respite from the heat.'
  7. 'Neither one has been able to continue to work at what they are most passionate about: helping people with fatal diseases gain some respite from pain.'
  8. 'Occasional large rocks offer respite from the wind during a well-earned rest.'
  9. 'It seems now that the short remainder of my life will offer me little respite from woe and anguish.'
  10. 'It is a time of some rest and perhaps a respite from a busy year of teaching.'
  11. 'Colourful deck umbrellas offer respite from the heat.'
  12. 'The bishop gave her one month's respite and returned her to her husband, who was bound to the sum of £100 to return her to submit at the end of one month.'
  13. 'The decision amounts to little more than a temporary respite, which could at any time be reversed.'
  14. 'However, it was only brief respite for himself and the board who were today continuing their efforts to evade a winding-up order from the Inland Revenue.'
  15. 'This they did later, either on account of the French fishermen or at the instigation of the Dutch, and a year's respite was granted.'
  16. 'Folks in Anthon are enjoying a one-month respite from paying their power bills.'
  17. 'While media commentators are speculating about the prospects for peace, any US-sponsored settlement would be no more than a temporary respite.'
  18. 'This respite was temporary - as it had been so many other times before.'
  19. 'Perhaps a month's respite was allowed, to ascertain the royal commands in regard to the city.'


Postpone (a sentence, obligation, etc.)
  1. 'That of 1320 was respited as a result of the appeal usually known as the ‘declaration of Arbroath’; from then on, the pope was prepared at least to give King Robert his proper title.'
  2. 'I looked at the case it's referring to and the judgement was respited, so you're right to tag it up as supplementary.'
  3. 'The rare exception made for pregnant women in Jamaica was that they were ‘respited… from execution until after their pregnancy’.'
  4. 'Women, therefore, who were quick with child, and convicted of capital crimes, were respited until after delivery.'

More definitions

1. a delay or cessation for a time, especially of anything distressing or trying; an interval of relief: to toil without respite.

2. temporary suspension of the execution of a person condemned to death; reprieve. verb (used with object), respited, respiting.

3. to relieve temporarily, especially from anything distressing or trying; give an interval of relief from.

4. to grant delay in the carrying out of (a punishment, obligation, etc.).

More examples(as adjective)

"cares can be respite."


Middle English: from Old French respit, from Latin respectus ‘refuge, consideration’.