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Noun, Verb (transitive)


Noun reprieve has 4 senses

Verb reprieve has 2 senses


reprievev. t. [OE. repreven to reject, disallow, OF. reprover to blame, reproach, condemn (pres. il reprueve), F. réprouver to disapprove, fr. L. reprobare to reject, condemn; pref. re- re- + probare to try, prove. See Prove, and cf. Reprove, Reprobate.].
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "He reprieves the sinnner from time to time."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To relieve for a time, or temporarily.  [1913 Webster]
    "Company, thought it may reprieve a man from his melaneholy yet can not secure him from his conscience."  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Interval of ease or relief; respite.  [1913 Webster]
    "All that I ask is but a short reprieve,
    ll I forget to love, and learn to grieve.
    "  [1913 Webster]


reprieve, v. & n.
1 remit, commute, or postpone the execution of (a condemned person).
2 give respite to.
1 a the act or an instance of reprieving or being reprieved. b a warrant for this.
2 respite; a respite or temporary escape.

ME as past part. repryed f. AF & OF repris past part. of reprendre (as RE-, prendre f. L prehendere take): 16th-c. -v- unexpl.



absolution, afterthought, amnesty, benevolence, bind, block, blockage, bureaucratic delay, catharsis, cleanse, cleanse away, cleansing, clemency, commiseration, compassion, condolence, delay, delayage, delayed reaction, deliver, deliverance, detention, discharge, double take, dragging, emotional release, exculpation, excuse, exemption, exoneration, favor, feeling, forbear, forbearance, forgive, forgiveness, free, free from, freeing, give quarter, give release, give respite, grace, grant a reprieve, halt, hang-up, have mercy upon, have pity, hindrance, holdup, humanity, immunity, indemnity, interim, intermission, intermit, jam, kindness, lag, lagging, leniency, let off, let up on, logjam, melt, mercy, mitigation, moratorium, obstruction, paperasserie, pardon, pathos, pause, pity, postponement, purgation, purge, purge away, purging, quarter, red tape, red-tapeism, red-tapery, redemption, relax, release, relent, relief, remission, remission of sin, removal, remove, rescue, respite, retardance, retardation, ruth, save, self-pity, shrift, slow-up, slowdown, slowness, spare, sparing, stay, stay of execution, stop, stoppage, surcease, suspend, suspension, sympathy, take pity on, thaw, tie-up, time lag, wait




N escape, scape, avolation, elopement, flight, evasion, retreat, narrow escape, hairbreadth escape, close call, come off, impunity, loophole, path, refuse, vent, vent peg, safety valve, drawbridge, fire escape, reprieve, liberation, refugee, escaping, escaped, stolen away, fled, the bird has flown the coop.


N deliverance, extrication, rescue, reprieve, reprieval, respite, liberation, emancipation, redemption, salvation, riddance, gaol delivery, redeemableness, saved, extricable, redeemable, rescuable, Int, to the rescue!.


N lateness, tardiness, delay, delation, cunctation, procrastination, deferring, deferral, postponement, adjournment, prorogation, retardation, respite, pause, reprieve, stay of execution, protraction, prolongation, Fabian policy, medecine expectante, chancery suit, federal case, leeway, high time, moratorium, holdover, late, tardy, slow, behindhand, serotine, belated, postliminious, posthumous, backward, unpunctual, untimely, delayed, postponed, dilatory, delayed, in abeyance, late, lateward, backward, late in the day, at sunset, at the eleventh hour, at length, at last, ultimately, after time, behind time, after the deadline, too late, too late for, slowly, leisurely, deliberately, at one's leisure, ex post facto, sine die, nonum prematur in annum, against the sunbeams serotine and lucent, ie meglio tardi che mai, deliberando saepe perit occasio.


N acquittal, acquitment, clearance, exculpation, acquittance, clearance, exoneration, discharge, quietus, absolution, compurgation, reprieve, respite, pardon, impunity, diplomatic immunity, immunity, plea bargain, deal with the prosecutor, no cause for action, no damages, acquitted, uncondemned, unpunished, unchastised, not guilty, not proven, not liable, nemo bis punitur pro codem delicto.

VB acquit, exculpate, exonerate, clear, absolve, whitewash, assoil, discharge, release, liberate, reprieve, respite, pardon, let off, let off scot- free, drop the charges, plea bargain, strike a deal, no-cause (in civil suits), get no-caused.


N forgiveness, pardon, condonation, grace, remission, absolution, amnesty, oblivion, indulgence, reprieve, conciliation, reconcilement, reconciliation, propitiation, excuse, exoneration, quittance, release, indemnity, bill of indemnity, act of indemnity, covenant of indemnity, deed of indemnity, exculpation, longanimity, placability, amantium irae, locus paenitentiae, forbearance, forgiving, placable, conciliatory, forgiven, unresented, unavenged, unrevenged, cry you mercy, veniam petimusque damusque vicissim, more in sorrow than in anger, comprendre tout c'est tout pardonner, the offender never pardons.

VB forgive, forgive and forget, pardon, condone, think no more of, let bygones be bygones, shake hands, forget an injury, excuse, pass over, overlook, wink at, bear with, allow for, make allowances for, let one down easily, not be too hard upon, pocket the affront, let off, remit, absolve, give absolution, reprieve, acquit, beg pardon, ask pardon, implore pardon, conciliate, propitiate, placate, make up a quarrel, let the wound heal.

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