• WordNet 3.6
    • v reprieve relieve temporarily
    • v reprieve postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
    • n reprieve the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
    • n reprieve a warrant granting postponement (usually to postpone the execution of the death sentence)
    • n reprieve an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
    • n reprieve a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Reprieve A temporary suspension of the execution of a sentence, especially of a sentence of death. "The morning Sir John Hotham was to die, a reprieve was sent to suspend the execution for three days."
    • Reprieve Interval of ease or relief; respite. "All that I ask is but a short reprieve ,
      ll I forget to love, and learn to grieve."
    • Reprieve To delay the punishment of; to suspend the execution of sentence on; to give a respite to; to respite; as, to reprieve a criminal for thirty days. "He reprieves the sinnner from time to time."
    • Reprieve To relieve for a time, or temporarily. "Company, thought it may reprieve a man from his melaneholy yet can not secure him from his conscience."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reprieve To acquit; set free; release.
    • reprieve To grant a respite to; suspend or delay the execution of for a time: as, to reprieve a criminal for thirty days.
    • reprieve To relieve for a time from any danger or suffering; respite; spare; save.
    • reprieve To secure a postponement of (an execution).
    • reprieve Synonyms See the noun.
    • n reprieve The suspension of the execution of a criminal's sentence. Sometimes incorrectly used to signify a permanent remission or commutation of a capital sentence. In the United States reprieves may be granted by the President, by the governor of a State, governor and council, etc.; in Great Britain they are granted by the home secretary in the name of the sovereign. See pardon, 2.
    • n reprieve Respite in general; interval of ease or relief; delay of something dreaded.
    • n reprieve Synonyms Reprieve, Respite. Reprieve is now used chiefly in the sense of the first definition, to name a suspension or postponement of the execution of a sentence of death. Respite is a free word, applying to an intermission or postponement of something wearying, burdensome, or troublesome: as, respite from work. Respite may be for an indefinite or a definite time; a reprieve is generally for a time named. A respite may be a reprieve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Reprieve rē-prēv′ to delay the execution of a criminal: to give a respite to:
    • n Reprieve a suspension of a criminal sentence: interval of ease or relief
    • v.t Reprieve rē-prēv′ (obs.) acquit, release
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  • Ryszard Kapuscinski
    “Do not be misled by the fact that you are at liberty and relatively free; that for the moment you are not under lock and key: you have simply been granted a reprieve.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. repreven, to reject, disallow, OF. reprover, to blame, reproach, condemn (pres. il reprueve,), F. réprouver, to disapprove, fr. L. reprobare, to reject, condemn; pref. re-, re- + probare, to try, prove. See Prove and cf,. Reprove Reprobate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. reprover (Fr. réprouver)—L. reprobāre, to reprove.


In literature:

If chance had timed the occurrence just right he would win the reprieve that he required for what he meant next to undertake.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
He too was reprieved for the day.
"The Reign of Mary Tudor" by James Anthony Froude
He was actually court-martialled and condemned to death, but afterwards reprieved.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
In his heart he had been glad of the excuse for his absence, for the few hours of reprieve.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
This time, however, the summons was peremptory; the sentence was final; there was no reprieve.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
I hope it is some pardon or reprieve For the most gentle Claudio.
"Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare
But, however obtained, our reprieve from danger was only momentary.
"The Island Home" by Richard Archer
Marengo was reprieved, and he seemed to know it, as he bounded over the snow, waving his tail, and barking like a young fool.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
But really, owing to unforeseen circumstances, this chance of a reprieve is remote.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
The horse is reprieved.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

The voice still saith, "While atoms weave
Both world and soul for utmost joy,
Who sins must suffer, — no reprieve;
The law that quickens must destroy."
"Aeropagus" by Edith Wharton
As cruel Herod ne'er was known to spare,
Or big, or little, or whate'er degree:
So Death, I ween, (whate'er their ages are)
Gives no reprieve — relentless quite as he.
"A Memento Mori -- Or Remember Death" by Rees Prichard
The rebel by his Sov'reign must be press'd,
The traitor must with mildness be address'd,
Ere he will deign to come for a reprieve,
And pardon, for his treason, to receive.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
Thou, at thy pleasure, canst thy servant free,
Thou from my troubles canst deliver me,
Do thou then, in compassion, comfort give,
And me, by any means, from death reprieve.
"A Prayer, Against The Oppression Of One's Foe. " by Rees Prichard
He, farther, must in Jesus Christ believe,
And in the blood that did for him atone,
Who by his death did all our souls reprieve,
When none cou'd rescue us, but Christ alone :
"The Lord's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
Jesus, by whose grace I live,
From the fear of evil kept,
Thou has lengthen'd my reprieve,
Held in being while I slept.
With the day my heart renew;
Let me wake thy will to do.
"Jesus," by Augustus Montague Toplady

In news:

Many accounts granted reprieve from extreme heat.
Death Row Inmate Fighting Reprieve.
Judge overturns governor's reprieve of death row inmate Haugen.
A brief reprieve from rain.
A Month's Reprieve for Polly Peck.
The execution of death row inmate Gary Haugen will proceed , despite Governor John Kitzhaber's reprieve, a judge has determined.
The fantasy landscape gets a bye week reprieve of sorts.
The rain had turned the red dirt to mud the night before the annual Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup, and the tent housing the few thousand spectators and hundreds of rattlesnakes was little reprieve from the cold.
Ez Bryant, the wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys is getting a reprieve in court.
Texas executes ex-Army recruiter after 3 reprieves.
Late last week the fans were granted an eight year reprieve when the NFL struck a deal with the regular referees and they were promptly returned to the game of football.
Students and parents can negotiate lower debts, smaller payments, or temporary reprieves.
A Reprieve , for Now.
An Oregon death row inmate who says he wants to die is arguing he doesn't have to accept the governor's reprieve .
FRANCE 24 US Undocumented Students Get Temp Reprieve .