Word Origin See more synonyms for desist on Thesaurus.com verb (used without object) to cease, as from some action or proceeding; stop. Origin of desist 1425–75; late Middle English
Old French desister
to leave off, equivalent to
to stand, place, akin to
stand Related forms de·sist·ance, de·sist·ence, noun non·de·sist·ance, noun non·de·sist·ence, noun non·de·sist·ing, adjective, noun un·de·sist·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for desistence ( intr often foll by from) to cease, as from an action; stop or abstain Derived Forms desistance or desistence, noun Word Origin
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 desistence desist v.
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.
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