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English noun: reprieve

1. reprieve (state) a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort


Broader (hypernym)ease, relief

2. reprieve (event) an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

Synonymsabatement, hiatus, respite, suspension

Broader (hypernym)break, interruption

Narrower (hyponym)defervescence, remission, remittal, subsidence

3. reprieve (communication) a warrant granting postponement (usually to postpone the execution of the death sentence)

Broader (hypernym)warrant

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

4. reprieve (act) the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment


Broader (hypernym)clemency, mercifulness, mercy

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

English verb: reprieve

1. reprieve (stative) postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)defer, hold over, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, set back, shelve, table

2. reprieve (social) relieve temporarily

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)deliver, rescue

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