Respite is a noun indicating a brief period of rest from something hard or unpleasant.
The correct pronunciation of respite in American English differs from that of British English. In American English, you would pronounce respite as ress-pit
, as if the final -e were not present.
This is different compared to British English where -pite would rhyme with the word "bite" as heard in this audio pronunciation: Respite (UK)