- to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop.
Origin of desist
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Examples from the Web for desisted
He desisted at last and looked back at us with a mien of anger.The Bacillus of Beauty
On hearing this Pee-wee desisted from any further criticism.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
It awakened the compunctions of conscience, and he desisted from his purpose.The Shadow of a Crime
The children, wide-eyed in awe and wonder, desisted in their play.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
He desisted, and his eyes wandered slowly from object to object.Almayer's Folly
- (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 desisted
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Idioms and Phrases with desisted
see cease and desist.
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