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surcease

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

Definition of surcease

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

: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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