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He had got a reprieve, or a respite, and he felt like a boy--another kind of boy from what he had ever been.

It might have been the gasp of the condemned man at the sound of the word “reprieve.”

But even if she did go it was a reprieve; it gave him one last opportunity.

The crying need of an imperiled republic could not reprieve him.

"Well, it is at least a reprieve," said she, with a dreary sigh; and they retired.

It is like a reprieve arriving when the victim was on the scaffold.

It was like a reprieve to a man on the very steps of the scaffold!

In his reprieve he was like some wild thing that had regained liberty.

But nothing that Nan could say would win from her cousin any reprieve.

In his heart he had been glad of the excuse for his absence, for the few hours of reprieve.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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