surcease

[ sur-sees ]
/ sɜrˈsis /

verb (used without object), sur·ceased, sur·ceas·ing.

to cease from some action; desist.
to come to an end.

verb (used with object), sur·ceased, sur·ceas·ing.

Archaic. to cease from; leave off.

noun

cessation; end.

Origin of surcease

1400–50; sur-1 + cease; replacing late Middle English sursesen (v.) < Middle French sursis (past participle of surseoir) < Latin supersessus (past participle of supersedēre to forbear; see supersede), equivalent to super- super- + sed(ēre) sit1 + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > ss
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surcease

/ (sɜːˈsiːs) 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 supersedēre; see supersede
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Word Origin and History for surcease

surcease


v.

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.

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