surcease


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sur·cease

 (sûr′sēs′, sər-sēs′)
tr. & intr.v. sur·ceased, sur·ceas·ing, sur·ceas·es
To bring or come to an end; stop.
n.
Cessation.

[Middle English surcesen, variant (influenced by cesen, to cease) of sursesen, from Anglo-Norman surseser, from Old French surseoir, sursis-, to refrain, from Latin supersedēre; see supersede.]

surcease

(sɜːˈsiːs)
n
cessation or intermission
vb
1. to desist from (some action)
2. to cease or cause to cease
[C16: from earlier sursesen, from Old French surseoir, from Latin supersedēre; see supersede]

sur•cease

(sɜrˈsis)

v. -ceased, -ceas•ing,
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; late Middle English sursesen (v.) < Middle French sursis, past participle of surseoir < Latin supersedēre to forbear (see supersede); assimilated in sp. to cease]

surcease


Past participle: surceased
Gerund: surceasing

Imperative
surcease
surcease
Present
I surcease
you surcease
he/she/it surceases
we surcease
you surcease
they surcease
Preterite
I surceased
you surceased
he/she/it surceased
we surceased
you surceased
they surceased
Present Continuous
I am surceasing
you are surceasing
he/she/it is surceasing
we are surceasing
you are surceasing
they are surceasing
Present Perfect
I have surceased
you have surceased
he/she/it has surceased
we have surceased
you have surceased
they have surceased
Past Continuous
I was surceasing
you were surceasing
he/she/it was surceasing
we were surceasing
you were surceasing
they were surceasing
Past Perfect
I had surceased
you had surceased
he/she/it had surceased
we had surceased
you had surceased
they had surceased
Future
I will surcease
you will surcease
he/she/it will surcease
we will surcease
you will surcease
they will surcease
Future Perfect
I will have surceased
you will have surceased
he/she/it will have surceased
we will have surceased
you will have surceased
they will have surceased
Future Continuous
I will be surceasing
you will be surceasing
he/she/it will be surceasing
we will be surceasing
you will be surceasing
they will be surceasing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been surceasing
you have been surceasing
he/she/it has been surceasing
we have been surceasing
you have been surceasing
they have been surceasing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been surceasing
you will have been surceasing
he/she/it will have been surceasing
we will have been surceasing
you will have been surceasing
they will have been surceasing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been surceasing
you had been surceasing
he/she/it had been surceasing
we had been surceasing
you had been surceasing
they had been surceasing
Conditional
I would surcease
you would surcease
he/she/it would surcease
we would surcease
you would surcease
they would surcease
Past Conditional
I would have surceased
you would have surceased
he/she/it would have surceased
we would have surceased
you would have surceased
they would have surceased
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.surcease - 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"

surcease

verb
1. To prevent the occurrence or continuation of a movement, action, or operation:
2. To come to a cessation:
noun
Translations
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Eagerly I wished the morrow; -- vainly I had sought to borrow From my books surcease of sorrow -- sorrow for the lost Lenore -- For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore -- Nameless here for evermore.
Eagerly I wished the morrow;--vainly I had sought to borrow From my books surcease of sorrow--sorrow for the lost Lenore-- For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore-- Nameless here for evermore.
Go back the way thou camest, to the merciful maws of the children of the Tree of Life or the gleaming fangs of the great white apes, for there lies speedy surcease from suffering; but insist in your rash purpose to thread the mazes of the Golden Cliffs of the Mountains of Otz, past the ramparts of the impregnable fortresses of the Holy Therns, and upon your way Death in its most frightful form will overtake you--a death so horrible that even the Holy Therns themselves, who conceived both Life and Death, avert their eyes from its fiendishness and close their ears against the hideous shrieks of its victims.
It procured me at last some surcease from my suspense.
For hours the fury of the storm continued without surcease, and still the tribe huddled close in shivering fear.
There followed almost immediately a feeling of content, for, where before his future at best seemed but a void, now it was filled with possibilities the contemplation of which brought him, if not happiness, at least a surcease of absolute grief, for before him lay a great work that would occupy his time.
From this belief he garnered some slight surcease from the numbing grief that the death of his little son had thrust upon him.
Yes, Joan de Tany was good to look upon, and Norman of Torn carried a wounded heart in his breast that longed for surcease from its sufferings--for a healing balm upon its hurts and bruises.
As the beasts surrounded her, chattering threateningly the while they goaded her with their cudgels and beat and kicked her with their fists and feet, she lay with closed eyes, praying for the merciful death that she knew alone could give her surcease from suffering; but it did not come, and presently the fifty frightful men realized that their victim was no longer able to walk, and so they picked her up and carried her the balance of the journey.
Just so were these men, empire-builders in the Arctic Light, boastful and drunken and clamorous, winning surcease for a few wild moments from the grim reality of their heroic toil.
The boy chuckled and chirped his delight in the spectacle, and Jerry found surcease and easement sufficient to enable him to speak with his tongue after the heart-eloquent manner of dogs.
He lived every moment of his waking hours, and he lived in his sleep, his subjective mind rioting through his five hours of surcease and combining the thoughts and events of the day into grotesque and impossible marvels.