verb (used without object), sur·ceased, sur·ceas·ing.
verb (used with object), sur·ceased, sur·ceas·ing.
Origin of surcease
Examples from the Web for surcease
The nurse represented not only care for your precious carcass but also a surcease from the demands of the world.Unicorns|James Huneker
What overflattered child ever asked for a surcease of flattery?
The surcease of the strife is recorded in the fourteenth book, entitled “Conclusion.”
Therein, after all, lay the roots of the peace and the surcease which henceforth would be his portion.Sundry Accounts|Irvin S. Cobb
There was no surcease, however, in the constant hail which fell upon the town.The Great Boer War|Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for surcease
Word Origin for surcease
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.