Word of the Day for September 11, 2013 is: respite \RESS-pit\ noun
1 : a period of temporary delay 2 : an interval of rest or relief
The station’s meteorologist had predicted that the bad weather would continue throughout the week without respite.
“Welcome to the Garden for Good, where 30 inmatestrained as Kansas Master Gardenersfind respite from the harsh realities of life behind bars.” From an article in the Kiowa County Signal (Greensburg, Kansas), August 14, 2013
Did you know?
Originally, beginning in the late 13th century, a respite was a delay or extension asked for or granted for a specific reasonto give someone time to deliberate on a proposal, for example. Such a respite offered an opportunity for the kind of consideration inherent in the word’s etymology. “Respite” traces from the Latin term “respectus,” which comes from a verb meaning, both literally and figuratively, “to turn around to look at” or “to regard.” By the 14th century, we had granted “respite” the sense we use most often today”a welcome break.”