Synonyms of respite
1 pauseDictionary • I rang home during a brief respite at work.
pause • There was a brief pause in the conversation.
break • Nothing has been discussed that might lead to a break in the deadlock.
rest • He took a rest from teaching.
relief • a self-help programme which can give lasting relief
halt • Air traffic has been brought to a halt.
interval • During the interval, wine was served.
recess • Parliament returns to work today after its summer recess.
interruption • interruptions in the supply of food and fuel
lull • a lull in the conversation
cessation • They would not agree to a cessation of hostilities.
let-up (informal) • There was no sign of any let-up in the battle on the money markets yesterday.
breathing space • We hope that it will give us some breathing space.
breather (informal) • Relax and take a breather whenever you feel that you need one.
hiatus • Efforts to reach a settlement resume today after a two-week hiatus.
intermission • Drinks were served during the intermission.
2 reprieveDictionary • Devaluation would only give the economy brief respite.
reprieve • a reprieve for eight people waiting to be hanged
stay • The court dismissed defence appeals for a permanent stay of execution.
delay • A delay of the federal trial was granted.
suspension • the suspension of flights between London and Manchester
moratorium • a one-year moratorium on nuclear testing
postponement • The postponement was due to a dispute over where the talks should be held.
adjournment • The court ordered a four-month adjournment.
Copyright © 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
adjournmentAn adjournment is a temporary stopping of a trial, enquiry, or other meeting.
• The court ordered a four-month adjournment.
breakBreak is also a noun.
• Nothing has been discussed that might lead to a break in the deadlock.
breather (informal)If you take a breather, you stop what you are doing for a short time and have a rest.
• Relax and take a breather whenever you feel that you need one.
Thesaurus for respite from the Collins English Thesaurus
a pause from exertion; interval of rest