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Definitions of reprieve

  1. an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
  2. relieve temporarily
  3. the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
  4. a warrant granting postponement ( usually to postpone the execution of the death sentence)
  5. a ( temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
  6. postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
  7. 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.
  8. To relieve for a time, or temporarily.
  9. A temporary suspension of the execution of a sentence, especially of a sentence of death.
  10. Interval of ease or relief; respite.
  11. A temporary delay in carrying out the sentenee of a judge; a temporary escape from pain or ill.
  12. To grant a delay of punishment to; free for a time from pain or danger.
  13. To delay the execution of a criminal: to give a respite to.
  14. A suspension of a criminal sentence: interval of ease or relief.
  15. Suspension of punishment; respite.
  16. To delay the punishment of; give a respite to.
  17. To relieve for a time from punishment, danger, or trouble; respite.
  18. The temporary suspension of a sentence; respite.
  19. The temporary suspension of the execution of a criminal's sentence; respite. See Reprove.
  20. To respite after sentence of death; to suspend the execution of for a time; to grant a respite to.
  21. To suspend or delay the execution of a criminal; to grant a respite to; to relieve from any suffering for a time.
  22. The temporary suspension of the execution of the sentence of death.
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Usage examples for reprieve

  1. The only point where I was successful, was in pressing for a delay, which was granted to the passionate manner in which I expressed my persuasion that I could confirm my suspicions by much stronger data before the reprieve expired. – Pelham, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009
  2. I am always sorry for that ship- Its guardian angel must have been asleep the night of the collision, laughed young Gerry, uneasily; he was displeased with himself the moment afterward, but Nan laughed too, and felt a sense of reprieve; and they went on again and said good night quietly on the steps of the old Prince house. – A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches by Sarah Orne Jewett
  3. He is doing all he can, though they say it is in vain, to get a reprieve for him- though I do love him! – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle
  4. The most strenuous efforts were made by the French Canadians to force the government to reprieve him, but Sir John Macdonald was satisfied that the loyal sentiment of the great majority of the people of Canada demanded imperatively that the law should be vindicated. – Canada under British Rule 1760-1900 by John G. Bourinot
  5. And as Mr. Allison was known to be most scrupulous in standing to his word, and as the victim knew there was no chance of a reprieve, this gave him plenty of time to settle up his affairs and to prepare to cross the last divide. – The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier by Edgar Beecher Bronson
  6. Is it true that all the time you were attacking Raeburn about politics and the reprieve, and what not, you were really behaving as you never ought to have behaved, with Harry Wharton? – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  7. It was a clear reprieve, till 3. 15 at any rate. – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  8. When the signs of disease are well marked, a reprieve, perhaps a long one, is all that can be confidently reckoned on. – The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases by Charles West, M.D.
  9. You know what the jailer said to the criminal who was hanging on a reprieve: 'Rope deferred maketh the heart sick. – The Translation of a Savage, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 12, 2009
  10. I shall not reprieve myself. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  11. When my story is told, and yours, I am afraid that your story will prove to be your own destruction; it will hang you, unless there comes a reprieve in time. –  by
  12. The men gave our names, went to the scaffold expecting a reprieve, and were hanged. – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  13. I felt that Merton should go to school as soon as possible, but he pleaded hard for a reprieve until the last of October, saying that he did not wish to begin before Junior. – Driven Back to Eden by E. P. Roe
  14. So he won reprieve, Messieurs. – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  15. O we live, O we live- And this life that we reprieve Is a low thing and a light, Which is jested out of sight And made worthy of disdain! – The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Vol. I by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  16. However let it reprieve her till we see Belvile. – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  17. Only from Saturday till Monday we had a reprieve. – Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 by Augustus J. C. Hare
  18. The application failed; even a reprieve of a few days was denied. – Basil by Wilkie Collins
  19. It was regularly handed to her by Mr. Harden, and she could only imagine that one of the " gentlemen" who had belonged to the Hurd Reprieve Committee, and had worked so hard for Jim, was responsible for it, out of pity for her and her children. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
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