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 for Respite
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Respite \Res"pite\ (r?s"p?t), n. [OF. respit, F. r['e]pit, from
     L. respectus respect, regard, delay, in LL., the deferring of
     a day. See Respect.]
     1. A putting off of that which was appointed; a postponement
        or delay.
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              I crave but four day's respite.       --Shak.
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     2. Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or
        operation; interval of rest; pause; delay. "Without more
        respite." --Chaucer.
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              Some pause and respite only I require. --Denham.
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     3. (Law)
        (a) Temporary suspension of the execution of a capital
            offender; reprieve.
        (b) The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury
            beyond the proper term.
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     Syn: Pause; interval; stop; cessation; delay; postponement;
          stay; reprieve.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Respite \Res"pite\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Respited; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Respiting.] [OF. respiter, LL. respectare. See
     Respite, n.]
     To give or grant a respite to. Specifically:
     (a) To delay or postpone; to put off.
     (b) To keep back from execution; to reprieve.
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               Forty days longer we do respite you. --Shak.
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     (c) To relieve by a pause or interval of rest. "To respite
         his day labor with repast." --Milton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort [syn:
           reprieve, respite]
      2: a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute
         break"; "he took time out to recuperate" [syn: respite,
         recess, break, time out]
      3: an interruption in the intensity or amount of something [syn:
         suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatement]
      4: a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when
         they take time for short rests" [syn: respite, rest,
         relief, rest period]
      5: the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
         [syn: reprieve, respite]
      v 1: postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an
           execution [syn: reprieve, respite]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  109 Moby Thesaurus words for "respite":
     abeyance, afterthought, bind, block, blockage, blow, break, breath,
     breather, breathing, breathing place, breathing space,
     breathing spell, breathing time, bureaucratic delay, caesura,
     catharsis, cease-fire, cigarette break, cleansing, cocktail hour,
     coffee break, day off, delay, delayage, delayed reaction,
     deliverance, detention, discharge, double take, downtime, dragging,
     drop, emotional release, enforced respite, extension, freeing,
     grace, grant a reprieve, half time, half-time intermission, halt,
     hang-up, happy hour, hesitation, hiatus, hindrance, holdup,
     holiday, interim, interlude, intermezzo, intermission,
     intermittence, interregnum, interruption, interval, jam, lag,
     lagging, lapse, layoff, letup, logjam, lull, moratorium,
     obstruction, off-time, paperasserie, pause, plateau,
     point of repose, postponement, purgation, purge, purging,
     quiet spell, recess, red tape, red-tapeism, red-tapery, release,
     relief, remission, removal, reprieve, rest, resting point,
     retardance, retardation, slow-up, slowdown, slowness, spell,
     stand-down, stay, stay of execution, stop, stoppage, surcease,
     suspension, tea break, tie-up, time lag, time off, time out, truce,
     vacation, wait

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  RESPITE, contracts, civil law. An act by which a debtor who is unable to 
  satisfy his debts at the moment, transacts (i. e. compromises) with his 
  creditors, and obtains from them time or delay for the payment of the sums 
  which he owes to them. Louis. Code, 3051. 
       2. The respite is either voluntary or forced; it is voluntary when all 
  the creditors consent to the proposal, which the debtor makes to pay in a 
  limited time the whole or a part of his debt; it is forced when a part of 
  the creditors refuse to accept the debtor's proposal, and when the latter 
  is obliged to compel them by judicial authority, to consent to what the 
  others have determined in the cases directed by law. Id. 3052; Poth. 
  Proced. Civ. 5eme partie, ch. 3. 
       3. In Pennsylvania, there is a provision in the insolvent act of June 
  16, 1836, s. 41, somewhat similar to involuntary respite. It is enacted, 
  that whenever a majority in number and value of the creditors of any 
  insolvent, as aforesaid, residing within the United States, or having a 
  known attorney therein, shall consent in writing thereto, it shall be lawful 
  for the court by whom such insolvent shall have been discharged, upon the 
  application of such debtor, and notice given thereof, in the manner 
  hereinbefore provided for giving notice of his original petition, to make an 
  order that the estate and effects which such insolvent may afterwards 
  acquire, shall be exempted for the term of seven years thereafter from 
  execution, for any debt contracted, or cause of action existing previously 
  to such discharge, and if after such order and consent, any execution shall 
  be issued for such debt or cause of action, it shall be the duty, of any 
  judge of the court from which such execution issued, to set aside the same 
  with costs. 
       4. Respite also signifies a delay, forbearance or continuation of time. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  RESPITE, crim. law. A suspension of a sentence, which is to be executed at a 
  future time. It differs from a pardon, which is in abolition of the crime. 
  See Abolition; Pardon. 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  RESPITE, n.  A suspension of hostilities against a sentenced assassin,
  to enable the Executive to determine whether the murder may not have
  been done by the prosecuting attorney.  Any break in the continuity of
  a disagreeable expectation.
      Altgeld upon his incandescent bed
      Lay, an attendant demon at his head.
      "O cruel cook, pray grant me some relief --
      Some respite from the roast, however brief."
      "Remember how on earth I pardoned all
      Your friends in Illinois when held in thrall."
      "Unhappy soul! for that alone you squirm
      O'er fire unquenched, a never-dying worm.
      "Yet, for I pity your uneasy state,
      Your doom I'll mollify and pains abate.
      "Naught, for a season, shall your comfort mar,
      Not even the memory of who you are."
      Throughout eternal space dread silence fell;
      Heaven trembled as Compassion entered Hell.
      "As long, sweet demon, let my respite be
      As, governing down here, I'd respite thee."
      "As long, poor soul, as any of the pack
      You thrust from jail consumed in getting back."
      A genial chill affected Altgeld's hide
      While they were turning him on t'other side.
                                                         Joel Spate Woop

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