Reprieve

Definition of Reprieve

Re`prieve´   Pronunciation: r?-pr?v´
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Reprieved (-pr?vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Reprieving.]
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.
- Rogers.
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.
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.

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