Or as William Hazlitt put it, “When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.”
DeWeese has wanted BP to pay a cash bond to ensure the company remediates the site and the bayou once it ceases operations.
If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
If the government hits the debt ceiling and ceases to pay its obligations, a lot of vendors are in for a nasty shock.
Thus the Bible ceases to be an ancient text, and therefore ceases to really say anything other than what we want it to say.
It ceases to be everything as soon as something else becomes very important.
As soon as he recognizes that fact, he ceases to be a barbarian.
He ceases to think at all, looks steadily out of the window and sees nothing.
In this form it ceases to be a reason for allowing the action.
The sun now ceases to shine; some few rain-drops fall, and now it is a steady rain.
c.1300, cesen, from Old French cesser "to come to an end, stop, cease; give up, desist," from Latin cessare "to cease, go slow, give over, leave off, be idle," frequentative of cedere (past participle cessus) "go away, withdraw, yield" (see cede). Related: Ceased; ceasing. Old English in this sense had geswican, blinnan.
"cessation, stopping," c.1300, from cease (n.) or else from Old French cesse "cease, cessation," from cesser.