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Definition a temporary relief from harm or discomfort
  • Not even in sleep is there respite: imagery from the climb and its aftermath continues to permeate my dreams.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Jealousy had got hold of him: she stung him; but the sting was salutary: it gave him respite from the gnawing fang of melancholy.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The respite from the battle felt too good to be true.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • A wave of horrifying images with a brief respite I confuse with waking—only to find another wave knocking me back.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • At first it had been exciting, a welcome respite from the endless casting and pulling and mending.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Having stood still awhile he at last retraced his steps, and Henchard felt like a condemned man who has a few hours' respite.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • She has given you a long respite.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • The reformers, Gold writes: strove for ways to reduce time spent studying, because long periods of respite could save the mind from injury.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • It was enough to give the demigods a little respite, but there were too many enemies pressing forward.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • The night brought coolness and respite.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • CHORUS But hath he still no respite from his pain?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • And he was in the midst of it, wanting again to let his body taste of that short respite of rest he had felt after talking with Max.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • After a brief respite the day before, the first of the two tropical storms that were expected had entered the area.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • He knew the respite would be short.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Whatever it was she was doing, it seemed to be giving him just a small respite from that.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The brief respite ii brings us?
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • But one might obtain a respite, all the same.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Their combined efforts had bought them only a brief respite.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The only respites were when Mark, the utility boy, came in.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • A small, spare man with an aquiline nose and sparse hair, he was lit by an inner fire that gave no respite.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits

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