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surcease

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verb sur·cease \(ˌ)sər-ˈsēs, ˈsər-ˌ\

Definition of surcease

sur·ceasedsur·ceas·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to desist from action; also :  to come to an end :  cease

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to put an end to :  discontinue



Origin of surcease

Middle English sursesen, surcesen, from Anglo-French surceser, alteration of surseer, surseoir, from Latin supersedēre — more at supersede


First Known Use: 15th century


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surcease

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noun sur·cease \ˈsər-ˌsēs, (ˌ)sər-ˈ\

Definition of surcease

  1. :  cessation; especially :  a temporary respite or end <to borrow from my books surcease of sorrow — E. A. Poe>



Examples of surcease

  1. <hoping the new medicine would bring surcease to his pain>



1586

First Known Use of surcease

1586


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