- to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop.
Origin of desist
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Examples from the Web for desist
He said that when he told her to desist, she threatened to hit herself and then tell the cops that he had done it.The Black Widow of Silicon Valley
July 14, 2014
Then there are the cases where the FEC does issue a cease and desist directive—only to be completely ignored.Hillary’s SuperPAC War Proves Yet Again That Campaign Finance Needs a Fix
January 28, 2014
It is not your duty to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it.I Will Not Return to the Dark Reality of Putin's Russia
June 20, 2013
I hereby call on all Republicans involved in any voter suppression efforts to cease and desist immediately.Four Things Reince Priebus Could Say That Would Matter
March 19, 2013
And I wish, for the sake of our country and in the name of decency, both sides would cease and desist.Campbell Brown: Keep Newtown Off the Culture War Battlefield
December 21, 2012
This time he did not desist until he had broken through the panel.Brave and Bold
She stood on a balcony above, and called upon the people to desist, and hear her.The Snare
Then in English he had summoned his countrymen also to desist.The Sea-Hawk
Stephen was even the more provoked because Benjamin cried to him to desist.The Fairchild Family
Mary Martha Sherwood
But desist from this, at once; it is a thing that cannot be apprehended (grasped).
- (intr often foll by from) to cease, as from an action; stop or abstain
C15: from Old French desister, from Latin dēsistere to leave off, stand apart, from de- + sistere to stand, halt
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Word Origin and History for desist
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Idioms and Phrases with desist
see cease and desist.
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