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1surcease

verb sur·cease \(ˌ)sər-ˈsēs, ˈsər-ˌ\
sur·ceasedsur·ceas·ing

Definition of SURCEASE

intransitive verb
:  to desist from action; also :  to come to an end :  cease
transitive verb
:  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

2surcease

noun sur·cease \ˈsər-ˌsēs, (ˌ)sər-ˈ\

Definition of SURCEASE

:  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>

First Known Use of SURCEASE

1586

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