SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective continuing without interruption; ceaseless; unending: an incessant noise. Origin of incessant 1425–75; late Middle English incessaunte
Late Latin incessant-,
Latin in- in- 3
), present participle of
to stop work; see
-ant Related forms in·ces·san·cy, in·ces·sant·ness, noun in·ces·sant·ly, adverb
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Couple with this
incessancy of action the loftiness and ardour of his aspirations.
But now fatigue a little deadened him to that
incessancy of life, it seemed now just an eternal circling.
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. British Dictionary definitions for incessancy Derived Forms incessancy or incessantness, noun incessantly, adverb Word Origin for incessant
C16: from Late Latin
incessāns, from Latin in- 1 + cessāre to cease
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Word Origin and History for incessancy 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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