reprieve

Definition: To relieve temporarily

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Author's Digest - By Rossiter Johnson
...reprieve just as she was about to be executed for the murder of her child, of which he was the father ....
The count of Monte-Cristo - By Alexandre Dumas
...Take what precautions you please, if it is any satisfaction to you to do so; but rely upon my obtaining the reprieve I seek . " "...
Victory - By Joseph Conrad
...It was his reprieve--that 's what was the matter . "...
The Old Wives' Tale - By Arnold Bennett
...But there was delay at the beginning, because neither young Law-ton nor any of his colleagues was acquainted with the proper formula of a petition to the Home Secretary for the reprieve of a criminal condemned to death ....
The Valley of the Moon - By Jack London
...There had been no reprieve ....
The World Went Very Well Then - By Walter Besant, Am
...A reprieve was past praying for ....
Coniston - By Winston Churchill, Francesca Scovel [illus]. SHINN
...A reprieve was all she craved,--a reprieve in which to reflect, for she was in no condition to reflect now ....
Great Ghost Stories - By Joseph Lewis French
...We always wait for that, in case of a reprieve . " "...
Personal Recollections of John M. Palmer - By John M. Palmer
...An act of the general assembly that prohibited all applications to the governor by persons convicted of crimes for a reprieve, commutation or pardon, would be palpably unconstitutional, and laws that imposed impossible conditions upon applicants would be equally objectionable; and such, it appears to me, would be the effect of this bill if it becomes a law ....
Northanger Abbey and Persuasion - By Jane Austen
...That he did not regard it as a desperate case, that he did not say a few hours must end it, was at first felt beyond the hope of most; and the ecstasy of such a reprieve, the rejoicing, deep and silent, after a few fervent ejaculations of gratitude to Heaven had been offered, may be conceived ....
Washington Square - By Henry James
...He has begged for a reprieve, then, if you like that better ! " "...
Villette - By Charlotte Bront
...Let it be theirs to conceive the delight of joy born again fresh out of great terror, the rapture of rescue from peril, the wondrous reprieve from dread, the fruition of return ....
The mill on the Floss - By George Eliot, Charles Henshaw Ward
...Tom never disobeyed his father, for Mr. Tulliver was a peremptory man, and, as he said, would never let anybody get hold of his whip-hand; but he went out rather sullenly, carrying his piece of plumcake, and not intending to reprieve Maggie 's punishment, which was no more than she deserved ....
Mary Barton - By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Mrs Gaskell
...And even this extra minute was a reprieve ....
Westward Ho! - By Charles Kingsley, N. C. Wyeth
...Two or three days passed before he could make up his mind to ask for an interview with her; and he spent the time in making as much interest with Leicester, Hatton, and Sidney, as if he were about to sue for a reprieve from the scaffold ....
Wives and Daughters - By Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
...Molly 's heart leaped up at the thoughts of stopping at home, even though the next moment she had to blame herself for rejoicing at a reprieve that was purchased by another 's suffering ....