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Definitions of reprieve

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

Usage examples for reprieve

  1. Only from Saturday till Monday we had a reprieve – Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 by Augustus J. C. Hare
  2. “ I shall not reprieve myself. ” – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. 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.
  4. “ 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
  5. It was a clear reprieve till 3. 15 at any rate. ” – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  6. “ 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. The men gave our names, went to the scaffold expecting a reprieve and were hanged. ” – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  12. However let it reprieve her till we see Belvile. ” – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  13. “ 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
  14. “ 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. The application failed; even a reprieve of a few days was denied. ” – Basil by Wilkie Collins
  18. So he won reprieve Messieurs. ” – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  19. 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

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