A reprieve spokesman called the Laotian judicial system “a farce.”
We were given a reprieve but it was still quite a tall order.
Bad weather, however, gave her a reprieve; a spring rainstorm forced a postponement, pushing her appearance back 24 hours.
When reprieve lawyer Cori Crider first met Hisham Sliti, she wore a hijab out of respect for his religion.
Feminists like Traister might have thought they got a reprieve from the new female brand when Palin lost.
The reprieve in such circumstances was omitted often enough to make the condemned endure the real agony of death.
He had got a reprieve, or a respite, and he felt like a boy--another kind of boy from what he had ever been.
Mr. Moore then asked the sheriff to delay execution till he could see the Governor and get a reprieve.
It might have been the gasp of the condemned man at the sound of the word “reprieve.”
Pity that Clootz had not had a reprieve from the guillotine till he had completed his work!
1570s, reprive, "take back to prison," alteration (perhaps by influence of reprove) of Middle English repryen "to remand, detain" (late 15c.), probably from Middle French repris, past participle of reprendre "take back" (see reprise). Meaning "to suspend an impending execution" is recorded from 1590s; this sense evolved because being sent back to prison was the alternative to being executed. Spelling with -ie- is from 1640s, perhaps by analogy of achieve, etc. Related: Reprieved; reprieving.
1590s, from reprieve (v.).