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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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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)

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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"
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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.
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وَقْف، إيقاف، تَوَقُّف
stöîvun, hlé


[seˈseɪʃən] N (frm) → cese m, suspensión f
cessation of hostilitiescese m de hostilidades
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[sɛˈseɪʃən] n [hostilities] → cessation f, arrêt m
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nEnde nt; (of hostilities)Einstellung f; cessation of the heartbeatHerzstillstand m
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[sɛˈseɪʃn] n (frm) → cessazione f, arresto
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(seˈseiʃən) noun
stopping or ceasing. the cessation of activities.
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n abandono; smoking — (el) dejar de fumar, abandono del tabaco, deshabituación tabáquica (form)
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References in classic literature ?
Certain sensations and other mental occurrences have a property which we call discomfort; these cause such bodily movements as are likely to lead to their cessation. When the discomfort ceases, or even when it appreciably diminishes, we have sensations possessing a property which we call PLEASURE.
As darkness settled a heavy rain set in, and there was nothing for the baffled ape-man to do but wait in the partial shelter of a huge tree until morning; but the coming of dawn brought no cessation of the torrential downpour.
As it was, spray and spume came aboard in such quantities that I bailed without cessation. The blankets were soaking.
And there are many other cases of suffering in which the mere rest and cessation of pain, and not any positive enjoyment, is extolled by them as the greatest pleasure?
Deputations from all corners of the Union harassed him without cessation or intermission.
Bennet, with little cessation, of his house and garden at Hunsford.
Here, then, there was a cessation from toil, from hunger, and alarm.
After the gradual cessation of all sound and movement on the faithful river, only the ringing of ships' bells is heard, mysterious and muffled in the white vapour from London Bridge right down to the Nore, for miles and miles in a decrescendo tinkling, to where the estuary broadens out into the North Sea, and the anchored ships lie scattered thinly in the shrouded channels between the sand-banks of the Thames' mouth.
However, as the weather was clearing up a little, he hoped that the cessation of the rain would bring about a change in the atmospheric currents.
And yet more incomprehensible is the cessation of that movement when a rational and sacred aim for the Crusade- the deliverance of Jerusalem- had been clearly defined by historic leaders.
But often a pause so gained lengthened out until it evolved into a complete cessation from the attack.
This accident was the arrival of a coach and four; upon which my landlord and landlady immediately desisted from fighting, and at their entreaty obtained the same favour of their antagonists: but Susan was not so kind to Partridge; for that Amazonian fair having overthrown and bestrid her enemy, was now cuffing him lustily with both her hands, without any regard to his request of a cessation of arms, or to those loud exclamations of murder which he roared forth.