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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To release temporarily or permanently from punishment; pardon. Also: To give relief to for a while, as from trouble or pain; respite.

Usage examples (35)
  • . . . we move idly towards eternity, without possibility of reprieve or hope of explanation.
  • The temporary reprieve is nothing but a band aid solution.
  • Iced tea, packed with ice, gave me the slightest reprieve from the nausea.
  • The RAF's fleet of Tornado jets have won a short-term reprieve at the expense of the navy's for more
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