verb (used without object), surceased, surceasing.
to cease from some action; desist.
to come to an end.
verb (used with object), surceased, surceasing.
Archaic. to cease from; leave off.
cessation; end.

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 Unabridged
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surcease (sɜːˈsiːs)
1.  cessation or intermission
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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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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