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surcease

verb sur·cease \ (ˌ)sər-ˈsēs , ˈsər-ˌsēs \

Definition of surcease

surceased; surceasing
: to desist from action; also : to come to an end : cease
: 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

noun sur·cease \ ˈsər-ˌsēs , (ˌ)sər-ˈsēs \

Definition of surcease

: 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

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First Known Use of surcease

1586

in the meaning defined above

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