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surcease

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verb sur·cease \(ˌ)sər-ˈsēs, ˈsər-ˌ\

Definition of surcease

surceased

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surceasing

  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 and Etymology of surcease

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


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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 in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of surcease

1586



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