- The definition of a reprieve is an escape, either permanently or temporarily, from expected punishment or consequences.
An example of reprieve is when you should be fired but your boss decides to give you one more chance.
- To reprieve is to provide temporary or permanent relief from punishment.
An example of reprieve is when you tell your grounded child that he or she can go out after all.
transitive verbreprieved, reprieving
- to postpone the punishment of; esp., to postpone the execution of (a person condemned to death)
- to give temporary relief to, as from trouble or pain
Origin of reprieveearlier repry ; from Anglo-French repris ; from Middle French past participle of reprendre, to take back, probably altered by associated, association with Middle English repreven, reprove
- postponement of a penalty, esp. that of death; also, a warrant ordering this
- a temporary relief or escape, as from trouble or pain
verbre·prieved, re·priev·ing, re·prieves
- a. To prevent or suspend the punishment of (someone, especially a convicted criminal).b. To prevent or suspend (a punishment).
- To bring relief to: The rain reprieved us from the noise of the construction machinery.
- 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.
- Temporary relief, as from danger or pain.
Origin of reprieveAlteration (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.
(third-person singular simple present reprieves, present participle reprieving, simple past and past participle reprieved)
1571, in sense of â€œto take back to prisonâ€, from Middle English repryen (â€œto remand, detainâ€) (1494), probably from Middle French repris, form of reprendre (â€œtake backâ€); cognate to reprise. Sense generalized, but retains connotations of punishment and execution. Noun attested 1598.
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