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surcease

[sur-sees] /sɜrˈsis/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
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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Examples for surcease
  • Electricity has given so much comfort to womankind, such surcease to her life of drudgery.
  • More numerous, but relatively small, is the number that seek surcease from pain when aching or ulcerated teeth are to be drawn.
  • High-level meetings with creditor nations bring no surcease.
  • Above all, he was unable to satisfy the need for a surcease from the turmoil of the previous decade.
  • Caves also offer shelter from the elements, a haven from pursuing enemies, and surcease for the war-weary soul.
British Dictionary definitions for surcease

surcease

/sɜːˈsiːs/
noun
1.
cessation or intermission
verb
2.
to desist from (some action)
3.
to cease or cause to cease
Word Origin
C16: from earlier sursesen, from Old French surseoir, from Latin supersedēre; see supersede
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Word Origin and History for surcease
v.

early 15c., "cease from an action, desist," from Anglo-French surseser, from Old French sursis, past participle of surseoir "to refrain, delay," from Latin supersedere (see supersede). The English spelling with -c- was influenced by the unrelated verb cease.

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