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.
To cancel or postpone the punishment of someone, especially an execution.
To bring relief to someone.
(obsolete) To take back to prison (in lieu of execution).
- Company may reprieve a man from his melancholy, yet it cannot secure him from his conscience.
The cancellation or postponement of a punishment.
A document authorizing such an action.
Relief from pain etc., especially temporary.
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.
- debatable ground, on which incursions and reprisals continued to take place
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