Apr
19
2013

reprieve

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

rih priv
 transitive verb
to release (someone) temporarily or permanently from planned or impending punishment, pain, or difficulty.
example: Just two years ago, the new Constitution notwithstanding, an Afghan man was sentenced to death for converting – and was only reprieved, on grounds of insanity, after a massive international campaign.

noun
definition 1: a temporary or permanent release from planned punishment.
example:  He was to be executed the next morning but received a reprieve when new evidence was uncovered.
definition 2: a document ordering such a release.
definition 3: a temporary exemption, as from pain or difficulty.
example: Only this year, taxpayers get a slight reprieve: The deadline was extended until midnight on Monday the 18th. 

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Share on Facebook
Share on LinkedIn
Post on Twitter