The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Reprieve \Re*prieve\ (r?-pr?v"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reprieved
(-pr?vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Reprieving.] [OE. repreven to
reject, disallow, OF. reprover to blame, reproach, condemn
(pres. il reprueve), F. r['e]prouver to disapprove, fr. L.
reprobare to reject, condemn; pref. re- re- + probare to try,
prove. See Prove, and cf. Reprove, Reprobate.]
1. To delay the punishment of; to suspend the execution of
sentence on; to give a respite to; to respite; as, to
reprieve a criminal for thirty days.
He reprieves the sinnner from time to time.
2. To relieve for a time, or temporarily.
Company, thought it may reprieve a man from his
melaneholy yet can not secure him from his