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incessant

[in-ses-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. continuing without interruption; ceaseless; unending: an incessant noise.
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Origin of incessant

1425–75; late Middle English incessaunte < Late Latin incessant-, equivalent to Latin in- in-3 + cessant- (stem of cessāns), present participle of cessāre to stop work; see cease, -ant
Related formsin·ces·san·cy, in·ces·sant·ness, nounin·ces·sant·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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unceasing, constant, continuous, never-ending, perpetual; eternal, everlasting; relentless, unrelenting, unremitting.

Antonyms

intermittent.
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Examples from the Web for incessancy

Historical Examples

  • Couple with this incessancy of action the loftiness and ardour of his aspirations.

    Sermons

    Clement Bailhache

  • But now fatigue a little deadened him to that incessancy of life, it seemed now just an eternal circling.

    The World Set Free

    Herbert George Wells

  • The air was tense and restless with murmured prayer and the incessancy of "sacring-bells."

  • In recapitulating the history of Uruguay at this period the incessancy of the stream of warlike events is amazing.

    Uruguay

    W. H. Koebel


British Dictionary definitions for incessancy

incessant

adjective
  1. not ceasing; continual
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Derived Formsincessancy or incessantness, nounincessantly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin incessāns, from Latin in- 1 + cessāre to cease
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Word Origin and History for incessancy

n.

1610s; see incessant + -cy.

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incessant

adj.

mid-15c., from Old French incessant (mid-14c.), from Late Latin incessantem (nominative incessans) "unceasing," from Latin in- "not" (see in- (1)) + cessantem (nominative cessans), present participle of cessare "cease" (see cease). Related: Incessantly (early 15c.).

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