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Definition of Reprieve


  1. To delay the punishment of; to suspend the execution of sentence on; to give a respite to; to respite; as, to reprieve a criminal for thirty days.
  2. To relieve for a time, or temporarily.
  3. A temporary suspension of the execution of a sentence, especially of a sentence of death.
  4. Interval of ease or relief; respite.

Reprieve Quotations

In his state of complete powerlessness the individual perceives the time he has left to live as a brief reprieve.
Theodor Adorno

We are not cured of alcoholism. What we have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God's will into all of our daily activities.
William Griffith Wilson

Do not be misled by the fact that you are at liberty and relatively free; that for the moment you are not under lock and key: you have simply been granted a reprieve.
Ryszard Kapuscinski

I had been living with dialysis for three years or so, and the new kidney felt like a reprieve, a new gift of life. I felt alive again and I guess that has had an effect on my use of colour.
Peter Wright

Consciousness is our only reprieve from Time.
Mason Cooley
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Reprieve Translations

reprieve in French is sursis
reprieve in German is Gnadenfrist, Frist
reprieve in Italian is ultimo tempo concesso
reprieve in Spanish is indulto
reprieve in Swedish is uppskov
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