What does reprieve mean?

Definitions for reprieve
rɪˈprivre·prieve

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reprieve.

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

Wiktionary

  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).

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

    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.]

  2. Reprieveverb

    to relieve for a time, or temporarily

    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.]

  3. Reprievenoun

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

    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.]

  4. Reprievenoun

    interval of ease or relief; respite

    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.]

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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:

    It won't be like in a car race, going from a yellow flag to a green flag. It's going to take a while to get back up to the throughput that river is normally able to provide, the worry is that this could be a very brief relaxation of restrictions, just a temporary reprieve.

  2. Hao Hong:

    But even if a technical reprieve could be in store, potential USD strength and mild market sentiment despite a significant plunge suggest any oversold relief will be transient, and fraught with bouts of volatility, hence, it will be very difficult to trade.

  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. Ryszard Kapuściński:

    Do not be misled by the fact that you are at liberty and relatively free; that for the moment you are not under lock and key: you have simply been granted a reprieve.

  5. LaTosha Brown:

    Normally, after you secure a victory, there's some reprieve, but we got punished for being successful.

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