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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Reprieve  \Re*prieve\  (r?-pr?v"),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Reprieved} 
  (-pr?vd");  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Reprieving}.]  [OE.  repreven  to 
  reject,  disallow,  OF  reprover  to  blame,  reproach,  condemn 
  (pres.  il  reprueve),  F.  r['e]prouver  to  disapprove,  fr  L. 
  reprobare  to  reject,  condemn;  pref.  re-  re-  +  probare  to  try 
  prove.  See  {Prove},  and  cf  {Reprove},  {Reprobate}.] 
  1.  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. 
  He  reprieves  the  sinnner  from  time  to  time. 
  2.  To  relieve  for  a  time,  or  temporarily. 
  Company,  thought  it  may  reprieve  a  man  from  his 
  melaneholy  yet  can  not  secure  him  from  his 
  conscience.  --South. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Reprieve  \Re*prieve"\  (r?-pr?v"),  n. 
  1.  A  temporary  suspension  of  the  execution  of  a  sentence, 
  especially  of  a  sentence  of  death. 
  The  morning  Sir  John  Hotham  was  to  die,  a  reprieve 
  was  sent  to  suspend  the  execution  for  three  days. 
  2.  Interval  of  ease  or  relief;  respite. 
  All  that  I  ask  is  but  a  short  reprieve,  ll  I  forget 
  to  love,  and  learn  to  grieve.  --Denham. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  (temporary)  relief  from  harm  or  discomfort  [syn:  {respite}] 
  2:  an  interruption  in  the  intensity  or  amount  of  something 
  [syn:  {suspension},  {respite},  {hiatus},  {abatement}] 
  3:  a  warrant  granting  postponement  (usually  to  postpone  the 
  execution  of  the  death  sentence) 
  4:  the  act  of  reprieving;  postponing  or  remitting  punishment 
  [syn:  {respite}] 
  v  1:  postpone  the  punishment  of  a  convicted  criminal,  such  as  an 
  execution  [syn:  {respite}] 
  2:  relieve  temporarily 

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