V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

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.

Usage Examples:

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

Want to Learn More Words Like reprieve?
Discover How You Can Improve Your
Vocabulary 10 to 100 Times Faster with
the Power Vocabulary Builder

Dear Friend,

The definition and lessons for the word reprieve were made available by the Power Vocabulary Builder.

The Power Vocabulary Builder will help you develop a fuller, richer vocabulary 10 to 100 times faster than any other program available.

Visit the the Power Vocabulary Builder site right now to discover how you can get full access to this breakthrough program today!

What's your vocabulary level?
Power Vocabulary Builder
FREE E-mail Course!

Drop your details in the boxes below to receive a FREE vocabulary course: