Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day

    shaI st@r

    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day

    neI seI @r

    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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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.

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.