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EtymologyEdit

1571, in sense of “to take back to prison”, from Middle English repryen (to remand, detain) (1494), probably from Middle French repris, form of reprendre (take back); cognate to reprise. Sense generalized, but retains connotations of punishment and execution. Noun attested 1598.[2] Compare to Latin, privare

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈpɹiːv/
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  • Hyphenation: re‧prieve

VerbEdit

reprieve (third-person singular simple present reprieves, present participle reprieving, simple past and past participle reprieved)

  1. (transitive) To cancel or postpone the punishment of someone, especially an execution.
  2. (transitive) To bring relief to someone.
    • South
      Company [] may reprieve a man from his melancholy, yet it cannot secure him from his conscience.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To take back to prison (in lieu of execution).

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NounEdit

reprieve (plural reprieves)

  1. The cancellation or postponement of a punishment.
  2. A document authorizing such an action.
  3. Relief from pain etc., especially temporary.
    • 2015 February 24, Daniel Taylor, “Luis Suárez strikes twice as Barcelona teach Manchester City a lesson”, in The Guardian (London)[1]:
      Yet it was not easy, on the balance of play, to be convinced by Pellegrini and his defeated players that the reprieve might somehow be a defining moment over the two legs.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "reprive" Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary. 1913. G. & C. Merriam Co.
  2. ^ reprieve” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.