verb (used without object)
Origin of desist
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.
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|Michelle Cottle|January 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Garry Kasparov|June 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Tomasky|March 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Campbell Brown|December 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
As winter advanced the Indians were obliged to desist from war and go into the forest in small companies to hunt.Four American Indians|Edson L. Whitney
He consents, for example, to desist from self-defence, that he and all may be more effectually defended by the public force.Slavery|William E. Channing
On this you desist, to ask a few questions: "The dog has often called out in that manner?"The Dog|Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
The man did not desist from his act of mercy, but when it was done he, too, seems to have echoed those uneasy words.
The slaughter went on until nightfall, but the wearied conquerors were then obliged to desist from the pursuit.History of the United Netherlands, 1600-09, Vol. IV. Complete|John Lothrop Motley
British Dictionary definitions for desist
Word Origin for desist
Word Origin and History for desist
mid-15c., from Middle French désister (mid-14c.), from Latin desistere "to stand aside, leave off, cease," from de- "off" (see de-) + sistere "stop, come to a stand" (see assist). Related: Desisted; desisting.
Idioms and Phrases with desist
see cease and desist.