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surcease

[ sur-sees ]
/ s蓽r藞sis /
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Definition of surcease

verb (used without object), sur路ceased, sur路ceas路ing.
to cease from some action; desist.
to come to an end.
verb (used with object), sur路ceased, sur路ceas路ing.
Archaic. to cease from; leave off.
noun
cessation; end.
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Origin of surcease

1400鈥50; sur-1 + cease; replacing late Middle English sursesen (v.) <Middle French sursis (past participle of surseoir) <Latin supersessus (past participle of supersed膿re to forbear; see supersede), equivalent to super-super- + sed(膿re) sit1 + -tus past participle suffix, with dt>ss
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British Dictionary definitions for surcease

surcease
/ (s蓽藧藞si藧s) archaic /

noun
cessation or intermission
verb
to desist from (some action)
to cease or cause to cease

Word Origin for surcease

C16: from earlier sursesen, from Old French surseoir, from Latin supersed膿re; see supersede
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