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respite

noun uk   /ˈres.paɪt/ formal us  
[U] a pause or rest from something difficult or unpleasant: We worked for hours without respite. [S] a useful delay before something unpleasant happens: Their teacher was away, so they had a day's respite before their essays were due.
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