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re·prieve

 (rĭ-prēv′)
v. re·prieved, re·priev·ing, re·prieves
v.tr.
1.
a. To prevent or suspend the punishment of (someone, especially a convicted criminal).
b. To prevent or suspend (a punishment).
2. To bring relief to: The rain reprieved us from the noise of the construction machinery.
v.intr.
To prevent the imposition of a scheduled or expected punishment, especially temporarily.
n.
1.
a. The prevention or suspension of a scheduled or expected punishment.
b. A court order or other official notification preventing or suspending a scheduled or expected punishment.
2. Temporary relief, as from danger or pain.

[Alteration (influenced by Middle English repreven, to contradict, variant of reproven, to rebuke) of Middle English reprien, probably from Old French repris, past participle of reprendre, to take back, from Latin reprehendere, reprēndere, to hold back; see reprehend.]

re·priev′a·ble adj.

reprieve

(rɪˈpriːv)
vb (tr)
1. (Law) to postpone or remit the punishment of (a person, esp one condemned to death)
2. to give temporary relief to (a person or thing), esp from otherwise irrevocable harm: the government has reprieved the company with a huge loan.
n
3. (Law) a postponement or remission of punishment, esp of a person condemned to death
4. (Law) a warrant granting a postponement
5. a temporary relief from pain or harm; respite
6. (Law) the act of reprieving or the state of being reprieved
[C16: from Old French repris (something) taken back, from reprendre to take back, from Latin reprehendere; perhaps also influenced by obsolete English repreve to reprove]
reˈprievable adj
reˈpriever n

re•prieve

(rɪˈpriv)

v. -prieved, -priev•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to delay the impending punishment or sentence of (a condemned person).
2. to relieve temporarily from any evil.
n.
3. a respite from impending punishment, esp. from execution.
4. a warrant authorizing this.
5. any respite or temporary relief.
[1300–50; perhaps conflation of Middle English repreven to reprove, appar. in literal sense “to test again,” and Middle English repried (past participle) < Old French reprit (see reprise)]
syn: See pardon.

reprieve


Past participle: reprieved
Gerund: reprieving

Imperative
reprieve
reprieve
Present
I reprieve
you reprieve
he/she/it reprieves
we reprieve
you reprieve
they reprieve
Preterite
I reprieved
you reprieved
he/she/it reprieved
we reprieved
you reprieved
they reprieved
Present Continuous
I am reprieving
you are reprieving
he/she/it is reprieving
we are reprieving
you are reprieving
they are reprieving
Present Perfect
I have reprieved
you have reprieved
he/she/it has reprieved
we have reprieved
you have reprieved
they have reprieved
Past Continuous
I was reprieving
you were reprieving
he/she/it was reprieving
we were reprieving
you were reprieving
they were reprieving
Past Perfect
I had reprieved
you had reprieved
he/she/it had reprieved
we had reprieved
you had reprieved
they had reprieved
Future
I will reprieve
you will reprieve
he/she/it will reprieve
we will reprieve
you will reprieve
they will reprieve
Future Perfect
I will have reprieved
you will have reprieved
he/she/it will have reprieved
we will have reprieved
you will have reprieved
they will have reprieved
Future Continuous
I will be reprieving
you will be reprieving
he/she/it will be reprieving
we will be reprieving
you will be reprieving
they will be reprieving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been reprieving
you have been reprieving
he/she/it has been reprieving
we have been reprieving
you have been reprieving
they have been reprieving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been reprieving
you will have been reprieving
he/she/it will have been reprieving
we will have been reprieving
you will have been reprieving
they will have been reprieving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been reprieving
you had been reprieving
he/she/it had been reprieving
we had been reprieving
you had been reprieving
they had been reprieving
Conditional
I would reprieve
you would reprieve
he/she/it would reprieve
we would reprieve
you would reprieve
they would reprieve
Past Conditional
I would have reprieved
you would have reprieved
he/she/it would have reprieved
we would have reprieved
you would have reprieved
they would have reprieved
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reprieve - a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfortreprieve - a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
relief, ease - the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress); "he enjoyed his relief from responsibility"; "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"
2.reprieve - an interruption in the intensity or amount of somethingreprieve - an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
break, interruption - some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
defervescence - abatement of a fever as indicated by a reduction in body temperature
remission, subsidence, remittal - an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease); "his cancer is in remission"
3.reprieve - a warrant granting postponement (usually to postpone the execution of the death sentence)
warrant - a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
4.reprieve - the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
mercy, clemency, mercifulness - leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice; "he threw himself on the mercy of the court"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
Verb1.reprieve - postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
postpone, prorogue, put off, defer, set back, shelve, table, put over, remit, hold over - hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam"
2.reprieve - relieve temporarily
rescue, deliver - free from harm or evil

reprieve

verb
1. grant a stay of execution to, spare, amnesty, pardon, acquit, let off the hook (slang), grant an amnesty to, postpone or remit the punishment of Fourteen people, waiting to be hanged, have been reprieved.
2. save, rescue, give respite to Another 21 pits have been reprieved until the New Year at least.
noun
1. stay of execution, suspension, amnesty, pardon, respite, acquittal, remission, abeyance, deferment, postponement of punishment a reprieve for eight people waiting to be hanged

reprieve

noun
Temporary immunity from penalties:
Translations
إرجاء تَنْفيذ الحُكْم بالإعْداميُرْجِئ تَنْفبذ الحُكْم بالإعْدام
milostodkladodložit popravuomilostnit
benådebenådning
halálbüntetés felfüggesztése
fresta refsingufrestun refsingar; náîun
atidėti bausmės vykdymąbausmės vykdymo atidėjimas
atlikt sprieduma izpildīšanusprieduma izpildīšanas atlikšana
odložiť popravu
affetmekertelemeertelemek

reprieve

[rɪˈpriːv]
A. N
1. (Jur) → indulto m; [of sentence] → conmutación f
to win a last-minute reprieveser indultado a última hora
2. (= delay) → aplazamiento m, alivio m temporal
the building got a reprievese retiró la orden de demoler el edificio
B. VT
1. (Jur) → indultar
to reprieve sb from deathsuspender la pena de muerte de algn
2. (fig) → salvar

reprieve

[rɪˈpriːv]
n
(LAW)grâce f
(fig) (= delay) → sursis m
vt
(LAW)gracier
(fig)accorder un sursis à

reprieve

n (Jur) → Begnadigung f; (= postponement)Strafaufschub m; (fig)Gnadenfrist f
vt he was reprieved (Jur) → er wurde begnadigt; (= sentence was postponed)seine Strafe wurde aufgeschoben; the building/firm has been reprieved for a whiledas Gebäude/die Firma ist vorerst noch einmal verschont geblieben

reprieve

[rɪˈpriːv]
1. n (Law) (cancellation) → commutazione f della pena capitale; (postponement) → sospensione f dell'esecuzione della condanna; (delay, also, gen) → proroga
2. vt (Law) (for good) → rinviare l'esecuzione di; (for a time) → sospendere l'esecuzione di; (grant a delay) → concedere una proroga a (fig) → dare tregua a

reprieve

(rəˈpriːv) verb
to pardon (a criminal) or delay his punishment. The murderer was sentenced to death, but later was reprieved.
noun
the act of pardoning a criminal or delaying his punishment; the order to do this.
References in classic literature ?
Driving at that hour, on a lovely day, through a country to which the summer sweetness seemed to offer me a friendly welcome, my fortitude mounted afresh and, as we turned into the avenue, encountered a reprieve that was probably but a proof of the point to which it had sunk.
In short, I say that this book, and all that may be found treating of those French affairs, should be thrown into or deposited in some dry well, until after more consideration it is settled what is to be done with them; excepting always one 'Bernardo del Carpio' that is going about, and another called 'Roncesvalles;' for these, if they come into my hands, shall pass at once into those of the housekeeper, and from hers into the fire without any reprieve.
It may be, on the other hand, that the destruction of the Martians is only a reprieve.
Take what precautions you please, if it is any satisfaction to you to do so; but rely upon my obtaining the reprieve I seek.
It is like the message of reprieve from the sentence of sorrow suspended over many a home, even if some of the men in her have been the most homeless mortals that you may find among the wanderers of the sea.
No; there was no news come--no pardon--no reprieve.
Hunt, therefore, was prevailed upon to grant Pierre Dorion's horse a reprieve.
That he did not regard it as a desperate case, that he did not say a few hours must end it, was at first felt, beyond the hope of most; and the ecstasy of such a reprieve, the rejoicing, deep and silent, after a few fervent ejaculations of gratitude to Heaven had been offered, may be conceived.
He had made, as I have said, to create on the premises the baseless sense of a reprieve, his three absences; and the result of the third was to confirm the after-effect of the second.
Should you go free in Helium for a year, in accordance with the conditions of your reprieve, there is little fear that the people would ever insist upon the execution of the sentence imposed upon you.
Perceiving that no respite, nor reprieve, nor subterfuge was possible, he bravely decided upon his course of action; he wound his right foot round his left leg, raised himself on his left foot, and stretched out his arm: but at the moment when his hand touched the manikin, his body, which was now supported upon one leg only, wavered on the stool which had but three; he made an involuntary effort to support himself by the manikin, lost his balance, and fell heavily to the ground, deafened by the fatal vibration of the thousand bells of the manikin, which, yielding to the impulse imparted by his hand, described first a rotary motion, and then swayed majestically between the two posts.
Jane would have begged for a further reprieve, had it not been that she too had begun to believe that her forest lover would return no more.