1571, in sense of “to take back to prison”, from Middle English repryen ("to remand, detain") (1494), probably from Middle French repris, form of reprendre ("take back"); cognate to reprise. Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ɹɪˈpɹiːv/

reprieve (reprieves, present participle reprieving; past and past participle reprieved)

  1. (transitive) To cancel or postpone the punishment of someone, especially an execution.
  2. (transitive) To bring relief to someone.
    • Company […] may reprieve a man from his melancholy, yet it cannot secure him from his conscience.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To take back to prison (in lieu of execution).
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reprieve (plural reprieves)

  1. The cancellation or postponement of a punishment.
  2. A document authorizing such an action.
  3. Relief from pain etc., especially temporary.
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