reprieve [repreive] n

see reprieve, v.

  1. Respite; relief; discontinuance of an unpleasant experience.
  2. Comfort; alleviation; assistance; ease from some discomfort; removal or lessening of some cause of distress; deliverance from what is burdensome.
  3. Deliverance from a death sentence, often temporary.

reprieve [-s] v

Fr. re- + prendre, take.

  1. Give relief from to for a time; delay the execution of.