Definitions for: Reprieve

[n] the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
[n] a warrant granting postponement (usually to postpone the execution of the death sentence)
[n] an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
[n] a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
[v] postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
[v] relieve temporarily

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*prieve (r?-pr?v"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reprieved
(-pr?vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Reprieving.] [OE. repreven to
reject, disallow, OF. reprover to blame, reproach, condemn
(pres. il reprueve), F. r['e]prouver to disapprove, fr. L.
reprobare to reject, condemn; pref. re- re- + probare to try,
prove. See Prove, and cf. Reprove, Reprobate.]
1. 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.

2. 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. --South.

Re*prieve" (r?-pr?v"), n.
1. 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.

2. Interval of ease or relief; respite.

All that I ask is but a short reprieve, ll I forget
to love, and learn to grieve. --Denham.

Synonyms: abatement, hiatus, respite, respite, respite, respite, suspension

See Also: break, clemency, defer, defervescence, deliver, ease, hold over, interruption, mercifulness, mercy, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, relief, remission, remit, remittal, rescue, set back, shelve, subsidence, table, warrant

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