I. transitive verb (reprieved; reprieving) Etymology: probably blend of obsolete repreve to reprove (from Middle English) and obsolete repry to remand, postpone, from Anglo-French repri-, past stem of reprendre to take back Date: 1596 1. to delay the punishment of (as a condemned prisoner) 2. to give relief or deliverance to for a time II. noun Date: 1592 1. a. the act of reprieving ; the state of being reprieved b. a formal temporary suspension of the execution of a sentence especially of death 2. an order or warrant for a reprieve 3. a temporary respite (as from pain or trouble)

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  • Reprieve — Re*prieve (r? pr?v ), n. 1. A temporary suspension of the execution of a sentence, especially of a sentence of death. [1913 Webster] The morning Sir John Hotham was to die, a reprieve was sent to suspend the execution for three days. Clarendon.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • reprieve — [n] relief of blame, responsibility abatement, abeyance, absolution, acquittal, alleviation, amnesty, anchor*, clearance, clemency, commute, deferment, freeing, let up*, lifeboat*, lifesaver*, mitigation, palliation, pardon, postponement, release …   New thesaurus

  • Reprieve — (engl., spr. Riprihw), 1) Aufschub einer Hinrichtung; 2) Befehl zu diesem Aufschub …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • reprieve — (v.) 1570s, take back to prison, from M.E. repryen to remand, detain (late 15c.), probably from M.Fr. repris, pp. of reprendre take back (see REPRISE (Cf. reprise)). Meaning to suspend an impending execution is recorded from 1590s. Sense evolved… …   Etymology dictionary

  • reprieve — both verb and noun, is spelt ie , not ei …   Modern English usage

  • reprieve — ► VERB 1) cancel the punishment of. 2) abandon or postpone plans to close: the threatened pits could be reprieved. ► NOUN 1) the cancellation of a punishment. 2) a respite from difficulty or danger. ORIGIN Old French reprendre, from Latin… …   English terms dictionary

  • reprieve — [ri prēv′] vt. reprieved, reprieving [earlier repry < Anglo Fr repris < MFr, pp. of reprendre, to take back, prob. altered by assoc. with ME repreven,REPROVE] 1. to postpone the punishment of; esp., to postpone the execution of (a person… …   English World dictionary

  • reprieve — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ brief, temporary ▪ welcome ▪ last minute ▪ He was saved from the electric chair by a last minute reprieve. VERB + REPRIEVE …   Collocations dictionary

  • reprieve — n. 1) to give, grant a reprieve 2) to get, receive a reprieve 3) a reprieve from * * * [rɪ priːv] grant a reprieve receive a reprieve a reprieve from to get to give …   Combinatory dictionary