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A bringing or coming to an end; a ceasing: a cessation of hostilities.

[Middle English cessacioun, from Old French cessation, from Latin cessātiō, cessātiōn-, from cessātus, past participle of cessāre, to stop; see cease.]


a ceasing or stopping; discontinuance; pause: temporary cessation of hostilities.
[C14: from Latin cessātiō a delaying, inactivity, from cessāre to be idle, desist from, from cēdere to yield, cede]


(sɛˈseɪ ʃən)

a temporary or complete stopping; discontinuance: a cessation of hostilities.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cessātiō rest, inactivity =cessā(re) to delay, stop (see cease) + -tiō -tion]




call off the dogs To ease up on; to lay off of; to discontinue some disagreeable line of conduct, conversation, inquiry, procedure, or the like. The reference is to hunting; when dogs are on the wrong track, they are called back.

Mexican stand-off A deadlock; a situation or contest in which neither party wins. Exactly what the word Mexican adds to this expression is unclear; most likely it was originally a racial slur. It has been conjectured that American cowboys used Mexican stand-off in referring to conflicts in which one could get away alive without engaging in serious fighting.

peter out To diminish gradually and then cease; to fade, die out, come to an end. In this expression, peter is derived from saltpeter (potassium nitrate), a component of explosives. Miners nicknamed these explosives “peter,” and used them to expose veins of gold or other valuable minerals. When a vein was exhausted and could yield no more ore, it was said to have been “petered out.” Eventually, peter out assumed its figurative meaning and has been in widespread use for more than a century.

Human effort of all kinds tends … to “peter out.” (Saturday Review, January 9, 1892)

stalemate A deadlock, standstill, impasse; a draw or stand-off; circumstances in which no action can be taken. This term originated in chess to describe a situation in which a player cannot make any moves without placing his king in check. As a result, the game ends in a draw, and neither player can claim a victory. Stalemate is derived from the old French estal ‘a fixed position’ and the Middle English mat ‘helpless.’

So far as the public can see, the match [between two armies] ended in stalemate. (Standard, September, 1912)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cessation - a stopping; "a cessation of the thunder"
legal separation, separation - (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order)
stop, halt - the event of something ending; "it came to a stop at the bottom of the hill"


noun ceasing, ending, break, halt, halting, pause, suspension, interruption, respite, standstill, stoppage, termination, let-up (informal), remission, abeyance, discontinuance, stay They would not agree to a cessation of hostilities.


وَقْف، إيقاف، تَوَقُّف
stöîvun, hlé


[seˈseɪʃən] N (frm) → cese m, suspensión f
cessation of hostilitiescese m de hostilidades


[sɛˈseɪʃən] n [hostilities] → cessation f, arrêt m


nEnde nt; (of hostilities)Einstellung f; cessation of the heartbeatHerzstillstand m


[sɛˈseɪʃn] n (frm) → cessazione f, arresto


(seˈseiʃən) noun
stopping or ceasing. the cessation of activities.


n abandono; smoking — (el) dejar de fumar, abandono del tabaco, deshabituación tabáquica (form)
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Duncan waited, until, by the cessation of the movement of the hand, he believed the strain was ended, when, by touching his shoulder, he drew the attention of the other to himself, and in a few words explained his wishes.
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I suppose you will go and stay with your brother and sister, Miss Dashwood, when they come to town," said Lucy, returning, after a cessation of hostile hints, to the charge.
Lulled by the sound, I at last dropped asleep; I had not long slumbered when the sudden cessation of motion awoke me; the coach- door was open, and a person like a servant was standing at it: I saw her face and dress by the light of the lamps.
A sound in the room caught her ear -- the monotonous rustling of a woman's dress, now distant, now near; passing without cessation from end to end over the floor -- a sound which told her that Magdalen was pacing to and fro in the secrecy of her own chamber.
The stillness consequent on the cessation of the rumbling and and labouring of the coach, added to the stillness of the night, made it very quiet indeed.
He was a tearful boy, and broke into such deplorable lamentations, when a cessation of our connexion was hinted at, that we were obliged to keep him.
But either because inquiry was too slow-footed to overtake him, or because the description applied to so many pedlars that inquiry did not know how to choose among them, weeks passed away, and there was no other result concerning the robbery than a gradual cessation of the excitement it had caused in Raveloe.
Then she knew by the cessation of the whirlwind that they had shut it.
The bishop came to visit du Bousquier, and seemed glad of the cessation of hostilities.