verb (used with object), re·prieved, re·priev·ing.
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Origin of reprieve
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historical usage of reprieve
The current spelling reprieve, recorded more than a century later than the original spelling repry, is possibly due to the influence of the Middle English verb repreve(n) “to rebuke, condemn.”
The noun, first appearing in the late 16th century, is a simple functional shift (a change in grammatical function).
OTHER WORDS FROM reprievere·priev·er, nounun·re·prieved, adjective
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How to use reprieve in a sentence
There are a number of reasons why someone who is feeling anxious might find reprieve in horror.Why Horror Films Are More Popular Than Ever - Issue 95: Escape|Coltan Scrivner|January 14, 2021|Nautilus
If you were expecting a bit of a reprieve in the news flow this week, forget it.The cloud of impeachment hangs over the markets—even Bitcoin is sinking|Bernhard Warner|January 11, 2021|Fortune
The governor said $75 million worth of loans to small businesses will be forgiven and converted into grants, and companies will get a reprieve on an expected increase in unemployment taxes.Va. governor imposes curfew while toughening restrictions; Maryland counties cut indoor dining|Laura Vozzella, Rachel Chason, Erin Cox, Michael Brice-Saddler|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
All of the day’s dockets were canceled, giving them a brief reprieve until their rescheduled hearing date in December.Logging in to get kicked out: Inside America’s virtual eviction crisis|Eileen Guo|December 2, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Handed a reprieve, Tagovailoa helped move the Dolphins 54 more yards downfield, and running back Jordan Howard finished things off with a two-yard touchdown run.Steelers stay unbeaten, Chargers drop another heartbreaker in NFL Week 9|Cindy Boren, Mark Maske, Des Bieler|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
When POTUS asked Malia if she wanted to pet the turkey before he granted its reprieve, she responded appropriately: “Nah.”
The procedure was captured on-camera and released by the human rights organization, Reprieve.From Public Enemy to Power Broker: Hip-Hop’s the New Global Pop Culture|Lauren DeLisa Coleman|September 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hickenlooper had granted Dunlap a temporary reprieve in 2013, which amounted to a half-measure that made nobody happy.
But six months into his probation, Bartiromo asked the judge presiding over his case for a reprieve.
There were moments of reprieve, then the boiling water again.No Sex For Six Weeks After Giving Birth? It’s Too Long!|Aurora Snow|December 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So Thyrsis went home to Corydon, as one who brings a reprieve to a prisoner under sentence of death.Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
Anguish of the accused awaiting the decision of his judges—life, death, reprieve, or pardon!The Nabob|Alphonse Daudet
If no reprieve could be obtained, no commutation of the sentence, he would speak out and set Andrew Westwood free.A Life Sentence|Adeline Sergeant
I wanted a day's reprieve, and I have gained it—gained a day, spent in most agreeable conversation, for which I thank you.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
They were placed under the gallows with the ropes round their necks, when a reprieve arrived.Bygone London|Frederick Ross