sur|cease

sur|cease
sur|cease «sur SEES», noun, verb, -ceased, -ceas|ing.
–n.
end; cessation: »

There is no surcease in the torrent of Princes…who continue to pour into the capital (Daily Telegraph). Vainly I had sought to borrow from my books surcease of sorrow (Edgar Allan Poe).

–v.i.
to stop; cease: »

The great Arch-Angel from his warlike toil surceas'd (Milton). Intrigues…would of necessity surcease (John L. Motley).

–v.t.
to desist from (as a course of action): »

The hobby horse surceased his capering (Scott).

[< Anglo-French sursise omission, noun use of Old French, feminine past participle of surseoir to refrain < Latin supersedēre supersede; spelling influenced by English cease]

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