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Meaning of REPRIEVE

Pronunciation:  ri'preev

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
  2. [n]  a warrant granting postponement (usually to postpone the execution of the death sentence)
  3. [n]  an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
  4. [n]  a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
  5. [v]  postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
  6. [v]  relieve temporarily

REPRIEVE is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: abatement, hiatus, respite, respite, respite, respite, suspension
 See Also: break, clemency, defer, defervescence, deliver, ease, hold over, interruption, mercifulness, mercy, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, relief, remission, remit, remittal, rescue, set back, shelve, subsidence, table, warrant



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are granted a reprieve means that you will overcome some difficulty that has given you much anxiety.