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used in Measure for Measure

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


relieve temporarily
  • I beseech you? that in his reprieve, Longer or shorter, he may be so fitted That his soul sicken not.
    2.4 — Act 2 Scene 4 — A Room in ANGELO'S house (22% in)
  • Take my defiance: Die; perish! might but my bending down Reprieve thee from thy fate, it should proceed: I'll pray a thousand prayers for thy death,— No word to save thee.
    3.1 — Act 3 Scene 1 — A Room in the prison (52% in)
  • — I hope it is some pardon or reprieve For the most gentle Claudio.
    4.2 — Act 4 Scene 2 — A Room in the prison (33% in)
  • His friends still wrought reprieves for him; and, indeed, his fact, till now in the government of Lord Angelo, came not to an undoubtful proof.
    4.2 — Act 4 Scene 2 — A Room in the prison (64% in)

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