sur cease

surcease

[sur-sees]
verb (used without object), surceased, surceasing.
1.
to cease from some action; desist.
2.
to come to an end.
verb (used with object), surceased, surceasing.
3.
Archaic. to cease from; leave off.
noun
4.
cessation; end.

Origin:
1400–50; sur-1 + cease; replacing late Middle English sursesen (v.) < Middle French sursis (past participle of surseoir) < Latin supersessus (past participle of supersedēre to forbear; see supersede), equivalent to super- super- + sed(ēre) sit1 + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > ss

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surcease (sɜːˈsiːs)
 
n
1.  cessation or intermission
 
vb
2.  to desist from (some action)
3.  to cease or cause to cease
 
[C16: from earlier sursesen, from Old French surseoir, from Latin supersedēre; see supersede]

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surcease
early 15c., from Anglo-Fr. surseser, from O.Fr. sursis, pp. of surseoir "to refrain, delay," from L. supersedere (see supersede). The English spelling with -c- was influenced by the unrelated verb cease.
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