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Definition delay or halt punishment; or a warrant granting such — especially a death sentence


relieve temporarily
  • The Governor granted him a reprieve two hours before his scheduled execution.
reprieve = delay or halt punishment
  • Unrest continues with no reprieve of the violence in sight.
  • 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
  • reprieves = delay punishment
  • 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
  • reprieves = delays offering temporary relief
  • 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
  • reprieve = delay offering temporary relief
  • 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
  • reprieve = temporary relief
  • 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
  • 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
  • reprieve = delay in punishment
  • 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
  • reprieve = delay offering temporary relief
  • Cairo, while a reprieve from the constant threat of violence, was no paradise.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • In an hour, we should know the verdict— death or a reprieve.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • I drift off, reprieved, relieved, and with the number eleven still flashing behind my eyelids.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • He gave me another reprieve.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • reprieve = delay of something unpleasant
  • 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
  • —Who has the office? send Thy token of reprieve.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • The Clutter slayers, granted a reprieve by a Federal judge, evaded their date.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • She said it beseechingly, trying to win a short reprieve, but did not push for it.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • A reprieve, to one abject and wretched as Abiram, temporarily produced the same effects as a pardon.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • This should have been good news—these were the words we'd been hoping for, the reprieve we'd never really thought possible.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Eragon was hot and thirsty, but refrained from asking for a reprieve-he would continue as long as they did.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon

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