Variant of reprieve
- 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: earlier repry from Anglo-French repris from MFr, 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
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