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The Governor granted him a reprieve two hours before his scheduled execution.
  delay or halt punishment; or a warrant granting such — especially a death sentence

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\>relieve temporarily
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  • The Governor granted him a reprieve two hours before his scheduled execution.
  • The President ... shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of impeachment.
    The Constitution of The United States
  • Unrest continues with no reprieve of the violence in sight.
  • Darkness has given me a brief reprieve, but by the time the sun rises, the Careers will have formulated a plan to kill me.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games

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  • Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part; reprieve or pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died till now.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • He had been given an unusual and special reprieve from the committee, and granted an additional year of nurturing before his Naming and Placement.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Tryouts for the possible revival of the Under 15s were set for Monday afternoon on the sandy field behind Indian Creek Elementary, as chance would have it, during a reprieve from the late-summer heat.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He gave me another reprieve.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • The President ... shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
    United States ’Founding Fathers’  --  The Constitution of the United States
  • I drift off, reprieved, relieved, and with the number eleven still flashing behind my eyelids.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games

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  • When she discovered that she had nine months to go before the baby came, she felt like a reprieved criminal.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Every day he doesn’t is a reprieve.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • He doesn’t have this same reprieve from unwinding.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • He jabbed with his left fist, hit under his attacker’s chin, then used the moment of reprieve to slam his knife into the person’s stomach.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Two bullfighters jumped in to distract Big Ugly Critter, offering a temporary reprieve that allowed Harris to reach the arena wall.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • She looked like someone who had been half-expecting a guilty sentence in a trial and half-hoping for a reprieve, and this was the moment after the guilty sentence had fallen.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • They had a slight reprieve, but one look showed that more people were coming their way.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • In the sound of my footsteps slapping against the pavement, I can almost hear the word, reprieve, reprieve, echo through the city streets.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I relaxed a bit, knowing his tone meant a temporary reprieve from the lecture.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The consideration surprises me, and as she heads to the Java Hut I think we must both be glad for the momentary reprieve.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Even if by some miracle she was pardoned at her retrial, there’d be no real reprieve.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • A lull in the action, a brief reprieve before old man winter takes up the reins again.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • It did nothing to Snape, who for a split second seemed to think he had been reprieved: but then Voldemort’s intention became clear.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The executioner; the blade; the last-minute reprieve; the gasping breath and the rolling sky above you and the thank you, thank you, thank you, God.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • I wander into the cool, empty reprieve of the English building and remember how to breathe.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Then I told them that when I found out that school was a place of time clocks and rules, of teachers more concerned with attendance reports than with students, and students praying for the day of graduation when their reprieve from the stale grip of public education would be granted, I tried to make my classes a stimulating experience for my students . life experiences, creative experiences.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • My brother knows that if he were to raise his he would see a runway, shimmering with heat, and beyond that a dun landscape alien as the moon, with a blinding sea in the background; and some oblong brown buildings with flat roofs, from which reprieve will come, or not.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Neither did any of us, but if His Highness is entertaining any notions of going back to his dreamy reprieve, then I suggest you forget them now, Prince.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • By the same magic, Mrs. Barbour’s invitation seemed to extend beyond the summer and far into the horizon, as if the entire Atlantic Ocean lay between me and Grandpa Decker; the lift was dizzying, and all I could do was exult in my reprieve.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Well, I hope they enjoy their barracks and supplies and reprieves and all the things my brothers were never given.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • For Hans Hubermann, this uneasy development was actually a slight reprieve.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • A reprieve.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • She had a reprieve.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It was like a reprieve to a dying malefactor, with a halter about his neck, and ready to be turned off.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • The wedding was a reprieve for the family.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • They took up their stations and Lindsey, having been given a reprieve, went upstairs to call Samuel.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • I should say that their years in Kabul were, ironically enough, a time of personal reprieve for me.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Take what precautions you please, if it is any satisfaction to you to do so; but rely upon my obtaining the reprieve I seek.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Eragon was hot and thirsty, but refrained from asking for a reprieve-he would continue as long as they did.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The football boys gathered around their exalted coach, begging in vain for some reprieve.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • It may be, on the other hand, that the destruction of the Martians is only a reprieve.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The Clutter slayers, granted a reprieve by a Federal judge, evaded their date.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Out of God’s merciful bosom I had won reprieve.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • She could have stood there forever with him, but the reprieve was short-lived.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Peace lay on Devon like a blessing, the summer’s peace, the reprieve, New Hampshire’s response to all the cogitation and deadness of winter.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • And just like that my semi-reprieve from coughing ended.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • He closed the door of his bedroom like a fugitive winning a moment’s reprieve.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He found himself grinning with joy at his reprieve.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The mug of potent Brazilian coffee in his hand had granted him a hazy reprieve from his mounting exhaustion, and yet he sensed the reprieve would be fleeting.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I know why she gave you a reprieve.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
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