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reprieve
used in Tom Jones

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

or:

relieve temporarily
  • But, alas! he who escapes from death is not pardoned; he is only reprieved, and reprieved to a short day.
    Book 5 (57% in)
  • Death, that inexorable judge, had passed sentence on him, and refused to grant him a reprieve, though two doctors who arrived, and were fee'd at one and the same instant, were his counsel.
    Book 2 (93% in)
  • Tom was now mounted on the back of a footman, and everything prepared for execution, when Mr Allworthy, entering the room, gave the criminal a reprieve, and took him with him into another apartment; where, being alone with Tom, he put the same question to him which Thwackum had before asked him.
    Book 3 (77% in)
  • But, alas! he who escapes from death is not pardoned; he is only reprieved, and reprieved to a short day.
    Book 5 (57% in)
  • ...therefore was resolved to set out for Ireland; against which I remonstrated very earnestly, and insisted on a promise which he had made me before our marriage that I should never take this journey against my consent; and indeed I never intended to consent to it; nor will anybody, I believe, blame me for that resolution; but this, however, I never mentioned to my husband, and petitioned only for the reprieve of a month; but he had fixed the day, and to that day he obstinately adhered.
    Book 11 (39% in)

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