- to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop.
Origin of desist
Related Words for desistedrelinquish, abstain, cease, forbear, quit, suspend, end, halt, avoid, discontinue, yield, pause, resign, abandon, surcease
Examples from the Web for desisted
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for desist
see cease and desist.