without stop or pause; unending; incessant.

Origin of ceaseless

First recorded in 1580–90; cease + -less
Related formscease·less·ly, adverbcease·less·ness, noun

Synonyms for ceaseless

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Examples from the Web for ceaselessly

Contemporary Examples of ceaselessly

Historical Examples of ceaselessly

  • Ceaselessly his thoughts revolved about the hopelessness of his situation.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • But he might have let it off now if his sister had not been ceaselessly beautiful.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Except for these strange outbreaks they kept silence, moving on ceaselessly.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • But, with his mind centered upon his work, Leroux wrote on ceaselessly.

    The Yellow Claw

    Sax Rohmer

  • They had been ceaselessly at work all day, and the work had left its marks on them.

British Dictionary definitions for ceaselessly



without stop or pause; incessant
Derived Formsceaselessly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ceaselessly



1580s, from cease (n.) + -less. Related: Ceaselessly; ceaselessness.

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