Reprieving
Reprieve Re*prieve (r?-pr?v"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reprieved} (-pr?vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reprieving}.] [OE. repreven to reject, disallow, OF. reprover to blame, reproach, condemn (pres. il reprueve), F. r['e]prouver to disapprove, fr. L. reprobare to reject, condemn; pref. re- re- + probare to try, prove. See {Prove}, and cf. {Reprove}, {Reprobate}.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

He reprieves the sinnner from time to time. --Rogers. [1913 Webster]

2. To relieve for a time, or temporarily. [1913 Webster]

Company, thought it may reprieve a man from his melaneholy yet can not secure him from his conscience. --South. [1913 Webster]


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