Reprieve vs Reprisal - What's the difference?

reprieve | reprisal |


As nouns the difference between reprieve and reprisal

is that reprieve is the cancellation or postponement of a punishment while reprisal is an act of retaliation.

As a verb reprieve

is to cancel or postpone the punishment of someone, especially an execution.

reprieve

English

Verb

(repriev)
  • To cancel or postpone the punishment of someone, especially an execution.
  • To bring relief to someone.
  • * South
  • Company may reprieve a man from his melancholy, yet it cannot secure him from his conscience.
  • (obsolete) To take back to prison (in lieu of execution).
  • Derived terms

    * reprieval

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The cancellation or postponement of a punishment.
  • A document authorizing such an action.
  • Relief from pain etc., especially temporary.
  • References

    reprisal

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An act of retaliation.
  • (archaic) Something taken from an enemy in retaliation.
  • (archaic) The act of taking something from an enemy by way of retaliation or indemnity.
  • * Macaulay
  • debatable ground, on which incursions and reprisals continued to take place

    Synonyms

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