- to cease from some action; desist.
- to come to an end.
- Archaic. to cease from; leave off.
- cessation; end.
Origin of surcease
Examples from the Web for surcease
I will leave you, laddie, to seek in slumber a surcease from martyrdom.The Rough Road
William John Locke
They knew no surcease from labor, but toiled on without murmur or complaint.History of Linn County Iowa
Luther A. Brewer
What blew up the Art, will in its own surcease terminate its success.
But about them there was no sign of reluctance or of surcease.The Glory of The Coming
Irvin S. Cobb
What overflattered child ever asked for a surcease of flattery?
- cessation or intermission
- to desist from (some action)
- to cease or cause to cease
Word Origin and History for surcease
early 15c., "cease from an action, desist," from Anglo-French surseser, from Old French sursis, past participle of surseoir "to refrain, delay," from Latin supersedere (see supersede). The English spelling with -c- was influenced by the unrelated verb cease.