Relief, temporary or permanent, from something that is uncomfortable, painful or otherwise negative. For example, anesthetic drugs can be used as a reprieve for patients experiencing lots of pain.

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  • One way to get a brief reprieve from the pain caused by the blisters from the shingles virus, is to use cold, moist compresses on the rash.

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  • His usage of alcohol as a reprieve from his depression was the primary cause of his alcoholism and it was starting to have a negative effect on those around him.

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  • The man took a day off from work as a reprieve from the stifling, exhausting conditions of his office job.

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