Surcease Sur*cease", n. [F. sursis, from sursis, p. p. of surseoir to suspend, postpone, defer, in OF., to delay, refrain from, forbear, L. supersedere. Surcease is not connected with E. cease. See {Supersede}.] Cessation; stop; end. ``Not desire, but its surcease.'' --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

It is time that there were an end and surcease made of this immodest and deformed manner of writing. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

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  • Surcease — Sur*cease , v. t. To cause to cease; to end. [Obs.] The waves . . . their range surceast. Spenser. [1913 Webster] The nations, overawed, surceased the fight. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Surcease — Sur*cease , v. i. To cease. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surcease — index cease, cessation (termination), close (terminate), conclude (complete), desist, expire …   Law dictionary

  • surcease — early 15c., cease from an action, desist, from Anglo Fr. surseser, from O.Fr. sursis, pp. of surseoir to refrain, delay, from L. supersedere (see SUPERSEDE (Cf. supersede)). The English spelling with c was influenced by the unrelated verb cease …   Etymology dictionary

  • surcease — [sʉr sēs′; ] for n., usually [ sʉr′sēs΄] vt., vi. surceased, surceasing [ME sursessen < OFr sursis, pp. of surseoir, to pause, delay < L supersedere, to refrain from: see SUPERSEDE] Archaic to stop; end n. an end, or cessation …   English World dictionary

  • surcease — I. verb (surceased; surceasing) Etymology: Middle English sursesen, surcesen, from Anglo French surceser, alteration of surseer, surseoir, from Latin supersedēre more at supersede Date: 15th century intransitive verb to desist from action; also… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • surcease — 1. noun /ˈsɜː.sis/ The cessation of something or someone. For the individual who wishes to live in his time, to be a part of the future, the super industrial revolution offers no surcease from change. 2. verb /ˈsɜː.sis/ To come to an end; to… …   Wiktionary

  • surcease — /serr sees /, v., surceased, surceasing. n. v.i. 1. to cease from some action; desist. 2. to come to an end. v.t. 3. Archaic to cease from; leave off. n. 4. cessation; end. [1400 50; SUR 1 + CEASE; r. late ME sursesen (v.) < MF sursis (ptp. of… …   Universalium

  • surcease — Synonyms and related words: abandonment, break, breakoff, breath, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time, catharsis, cease, ceasing, cessation, cigarette break, cleansing, close, closing, cocktail hour, coffee …   Moby Thesaurus

  • surcease — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. deferment, interruption, cessation; see delay 1 , end 2 , pause 1 , 2 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To prevent the occurrence or continuation of a movement, action, or operation: arrest, belay, cease, check,… …   English dictionary for students

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