A Lackadaisical Lexicon for Laggard Logophiles
REPRIEVE
[verb]
1. to delay the impending punishment or sentence of (a condemned person).
2. to relieve temporarily from any evil or negative consequence.
[noun]
3. a respite from impending punishment, as from execution of a sentence of death.
4. a warrant authorising this.
5. any respite or temporary relief.
Etymology: perhaps conflation of Middle English repreven - to reprove, apparently taken in literal sense “to test again” (involving postponement) and Middle English repried (past participle) < Old French reprit.

REPRIEVE

[verb]

1. to delay the impending punishment or sentence of (a condemned person).

2. to relieve temporarily from any evil or negative consequence.

[noun]

3. a respite from impending punishment, as from execution of a sentence of death.

4. a warrant authorising this.

5. any respite or temporary relief.

Etymology: perhaps conflation of Middle English repreven - to reprove, apparently taken in literal sense “to test again” (involving postponement) and Middle English repried (past participle) < Old French reprit.

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