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Reprieve


REPRIE'VE, verb transitive [I know not the origin of this word.]

1. To respit after sentence of death; to suspend or delay the execution of for a time; as, to reprieve a criminal for thirty days.

He reprieves the sinner from time to time.

2. To grant a respit to; to relieve for a time for any suffering.

Company, though it may reprieve a man from his melancholy, yet cannot secure a man from his conscience.

REPRIE'VE, noun

1. The temporary suspension of the execution of sentence of death on a criminal.

2. Respit; interval of ease or relief.

All that I ask is but a short reprieve till I forgot to love, and learn to grieve.