[ sur-sees ]
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verb (used without object),sur·ceased, sur·ceas·ing.
  1. to cease from some action; desist.

  2. to come to an end.

verb (used with object),sur·ceased, sur·ceas·ing.
  1. Archaic. to cease from; leave off.

  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for surcease


/ (sɜːˈsiːs) archaic /

  1. cessation or intermission

  1. to desist from (some action)

  2. to cease or cause to cease

Origin of surcease

C16: from earlier sursesen, from Old French surseoir, from Latin supersedēre; see supersede

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