- to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop.
Origin of desist
Related Words for desistancebreak, pause, bar, block, conclusion, completion, expiry, termination, closing, stoppage, development, closure, ending, denouement, result, consequence, outcome, finish, resolution, retirement
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Historical Examples of desistance
All these charges were quieted by intrigue, bribery of the judges, or desistance of the accuser.What is Property?
P. J. Proudhon
There are preachers of death: and the earth is full of those to whom desistance from life must be preached.Thus Spake Zarathustra
It was felt by them at the time to be an additional incentive to moderation, to sobriety, to desistance from extreme views.Life of John Coleridge Patteson
Charlotte M. Yonge
- (intr often foll by from) to cease, as from an action; stop or abstain
Word Origin for desist
see cease and desist.