V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) 1. an official order to delay or stop a punishment, especially corporal; 2. an interruption or temporary relief from something, especially pain or discomfort; (v.) 1. to postpone punishment; 2. to relieve temporarily
Synonyms: (n.) abatement, mitigation, alleviation, respite, pardon, stay, deferment, (v.) postpone, suspend, intermit
Antonyms: (n.) continuation, extension, (v.) continue, proceed, persist, prolong
Tips: Reprieve comes from Middle French repris, past participle of reprendre, "to take back," as in, "take back and provide relief from pain or punishment." A common use of the word reprieve is when someone receives a reprieve (pardon) from a prison sentence.
The medication gave the cancer patient a reprieve from her pain. (abatement, alleviation) noun
This injection should help provide a reprieve of your pain. (alleviation) noun
"Please reprieve my punishment," the convict begged of the judge. (postpone, suspend) verb
My two-week-long vacation was a wonderful reprieve from the stress of my job. (respite, alleviation) noun
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