Meaning of reprieve

re•prieve

Pronunciation: (ri-prēv'), [key]
— v., n. -prieved, -priev•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to delay the impending punishment or sentence of (a condemned person).
  2. to relieve temporarily from any evil.
—n.
  1. a respite from impending punishment, as from execution of a sentence of death.
  2. a warrant authorizing this.
  3. any respite or temporary relief.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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