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The formal word ‘repose’ refers to a state in which a person is resting or feeling calm and relaxed. This typically results from freedom from work, stress, or responsibility, or the absence of anything to trouble one’s mind. This term can also be used to express eternal rest as when lying dead in a coffin or grave.
I’ve been slaving away outside in the heat all day. Now I’m going to take my repose in the shade with a cold beer.
It was so hectic trying to get the order completed before the deadline that the atmosphere in the office afterwards was one of repose rather than joyfulness.
Brenda’s body lay in repose in her house for a day so that people could come and pay their final respects before the burial.