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Definition of "reprieve" []

  • To postpone or cancel the punishment of. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring relief to. (verb-transitive)
  • Postponement or cancellation of a punishment. (noun)
  • A warrant for such an action. (noun)
  • Temporary relief, as from danger or pain. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "reprieve" in a sentence
  • "Political correctness, diversity policies, and multiculturalism are forms of deference that give whites and institutions a way to prove the negative and win reprieve from the racist stigma. martindavis"
  • "Men are apt to think that a reprieve is the forerunner of a pardon, and that if judgment be not speedily executed it is, or will be, certainly reversed."
  • "Will the American people look at it as a day of reprieve from a mailbox full of bills and junk mail?"