What does reprieve mean?

Definitions for reprieve

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reprieve, respitenoun

    a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort

  2. suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatementnoun

    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

  3. reprievenoun

    a warrant granting postponement (usually to postpone the execution of the death sentence)

  4. reprieve, respiteverb

    the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment

  5. reprieve, respiteverb

    postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution

  6. reprieveverb

    relieve temporarily


  1. reprievenoun

    The cancellation or postponement of a punishment.

  2. reprievenoun

    A document authorizing such an action.

  3. reprievenoun

    Relief from pain etc., especially temporary.

  4. reprieveverb

    To cancel or postpone the punishment of someone, especially an execution.

  5. reprieveverb

    To bring relief to someone.

  6. reprieveverb

    To take back to prison (in lieu of execution).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reprievenoun

    Respite after sentence of death.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    In his reprieve he may be so fitted,
    That his soul sicken not. William Shakespeare, Meas. for Meas.

    I hope it is some pardon or reprieve
    For Claudio. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    He cannot thrive,
    Unless her prayers, whom heav’n delights to hear,
    And loves to grant, reprieve from the wrath
    Of greatest justice. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    The morning Sir John Hotham was to die, a reprieve was sent to suspend the execution for three days. Edward Hyde.

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

  2. To Reprieveverb

    To respite after sentence of death; to give a respite.

    Etymology: reprendre, repris, Fr.

    Company, though it may reprieve a man from his melancholy, yet cannot secure him from his conscience. South.

    Having been condemned for his part in the late rebellion, his majesty had been pleased to reprieve him, with several of his friends, in order to give them their lives. Addison.

    He reprieves the sinner from time to time, and continues and heaps on him the favours of his providence, in hopes that, by an act of clemency so undeserved, he may prevail on his gratitude and repentance. John Rogers, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reprieveverb

    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

  2. Reprieveverb

    to relieve for a time, or temporarily

  3. Reprievenoun

    a temporary suspension of the execution of a sentence, especially of a sentence of death

  4. Reprievenoun

    interval of ease or relief; respite

  5. Etymology: [OE. repreven to reject, disallow, OF. reprover to blame, reproach, condemn (pres. il reprueve), F. rprouver to disapprove, fr. L. reprobare to reject, condemn; pref. re- re- + probare to try, prove. See Prove, and cf. Reprove, Reprobate.]


  1. Reprieve

    Reprieve is the fifteenth studio album by singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, released on August 8, 2006. Righteous Babe Records' website notes that only DiFranco's bassist Todd Sickafoose, who had accompanied her on her recent tours, would be performing on the album. The album has a dark, mournful, mellow sound reminiscent of 1999's To the Teeth and 2004's Educated Guess and features experimental arrangements with synthesizers, electronics and tape manipulation. As the recording of the album was briefly interrupted due to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the album has a heavily political and vaguely conceptual undercurrent that "paints a haunting portrait of New Orleans as the water retreats and the natives continue to rebuild their lives." The album cover was inspired by a picture of a real tree in Nagasaki which was partially destroyed by the atomic bomb. While the city around it lay in ruin, this one tree stood, half of it destroyed, the other untouched. DiFranco also references the eucalyptus tree in the title track about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While the official release date of Reprieve was August 8, the album was made available for purchase on the iTunes Music Store between June 24 and June 27, 2006, possibly in error, as the album date on the site was listed as 2002.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reprieve

    rē-prēv′, v.t. to delay the execution of a criminal: to give a respite to: (obs.) acquit, release.—n. a suspension of a criminal sentence: interval of ease or relief.—n. Repriev′al. [O. Fr. reprover (Fr. réprouver)—L. reprobāre, to reprove.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reprieve in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reprieve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of reprieve in a Sentence

  1. Mike Steenhoek:

    The worry is that this could be a very brief relaxation of restrictions, just a temporary reprieve.

  2. The Paris-based agency:

    The world oil market remains tight by all measures, but a reprieve from the price rally could be on the horizon.

  3. Shani Tager:

    This decision has been described by some as a reprieve for the Reef. It is not a reprieve - it is a big, red flag from UNESCO, by insisting that the Australian government prepare a report within 18 months ... UNESCO has clearly shown that the Great Barrier Reef is not fine and is not safe in Tony Abbott's hands.

  4. Edward Lee:

    We're seeing a good stabilization, a short-term reprieve, but looking forward I think it's still a bit cloudy.

  5. Andrea Bopp Stark:

    The forbearance agreement is just putting off payment until a later day, it is the lender saying, We give you temporary reprieve and at the end, you pay us.

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