verb (used with object), re·prieved, re·priev·ing.
- repressor gene,
Origin of reprieve
Examples from the Web for reprieve
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
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
After a reprieve over the spring and summer, debt-ceiling brinksmanship is about to resume.Congress and China Pose Biggest Threats to U.S. Economic Expansion|Robert Shapiro|September 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Thus run the official words of the reprieve addressed to the hearts ashore lying under a heavy sentence.The Mirror of the Sea|Joseph Conrad
He arrived at the farm, he entered the house; he felt it as a reprieve that he met not the bounding step of the welcoming Sibyll.The Last Of The Barons, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The convict who hears his death-sentence may still hope for a reprieve; but figures are inexorable, figures cannot lie.
I now felt like one who had received his reprieve after condemnation.The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan|James Morier
“A reprieve for a week, and I can have a beautiful time with nobody nigh to hinder,” she thought.Penny of Top Hill Trail|Belle Kanaris Maniates
Word Origin for reprieve
1570s, reprive, "take back to prison," alteration (perhaps by influence of reprove) of Middle English repryen "to remand, detain" (late 15c.), probably from Middle French repris, past participle of reprendre "take back" (see reprise). Meaning "to suspend an impending execution" is recorded from 1590s; this sense evolved because being sent back to prison was the alternative to being executed. Spelling with -ie- is from 1640s, perhaps by analogy of achieve, etc. Related: Reprieved; reprieving.
1590s, from reprieve (v.).