What does reprieve mean?

Definitions for reprieverɪˈpriv

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reprieve, respite(noun)

    a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort

  2. suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatement(noun)

    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

  3. reprieve(noun)

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

  4. reprieve, respite(verb)

    the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment

  5. reprieve, respite(verb)

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

  6. reprieve(verb)

    relieve temporarily


  1. reprieve(Noun)

    The cancellation or postponement of a punishment.

  2. reprieve(Noun)

    A document authorizing such an action.

  3. reprieve(Noun)

    Relief from pain etc., especially temporary.

  4. reprieve(Verb)

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

  5. reprieve(Verb)

    To bring relief to someone.

  6. reprieve(Verb)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reprieve(verb)

    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. Reprieve(verb)

    to relieve for a time, or temporarily

  3. Reprieve(noun)

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

  4. Reprieve(noun)

    interval of ease or relief; respite

  5. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Eric Wiegand:

    ( The market) is taking its cues from some of the overseas markets, which are getting a bit of a reprieve.

  2. Edward Lee:

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

  3. 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.

  4. Cheryl Little:

    It's a step in the right direction, but it's going to fall far short of the mark, Deferred action is not legal status, it's simply a temporary reprieve from deportation.

  5. David Hufton:

    Once again the Saudis have delivered a hammer blow to fellow producers, it promises to be the final nail in the coffin for those shale producers and their lenders hanging on for a short-term price reprieve.

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