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English definition of “respite”

respite

noun     /ˈres.paɪt/ formal
[U] a pause or rest from something difficult or unpleasant : We worked for hours without respite.Pauses and interludesPeaceful and tranquil [S] a useful delay before something unpleasant happens : Their teacher was away, so they had a day's respite before their essays were due .Useful or advantageous
(Definition of respite noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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