Reprieve - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈpriːv|  American pronunciation of the word reprieve
Brit.  |rɪˈpriːv|  British pronunciation of the word reprieve


- a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort (syn: respite)
- an interruption in the intensity or amount of something (syn: abatement, hiatus, respite, suspension)
- a warrant granting postponement (usually to postpone the execution of the death sentence)
- the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment (syn: respite)


- postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution (syn: respite)
- relieve temporarily


He was sentenced to death but then reprieved.

The library has been reprieved and will remain open for at least another year.

They wanted to close the library, but we managed to get a reprieve for it.

This warm spell has given us a reprieve from the winter cold.

Shoppers will get a temporary reprieve from the new sales tax.

The US Supreme Court voted against granting Smith a reprieve (=against giving him one).

Word forms

I/you/we/they: reprieve
he/she/it: reprieves
present participle: reprieving
past tense: reprieved
past participle: reprieved
singular: reprieve
plural: reprieves
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