surcease

verb
sur·​cease | \(ˌ)sər-ˈsēs, ˈsər-ˌsēs\
surceased; surceasing

Definition of surcease 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to desist from action also : to come to an end : cease

transitive verb

: to put an end to : discontinue

surcease

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

Definition of surcease (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of surcease in a Sentence

Noun

hoping the new medicine would bring surcease to his pain

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Anyone seeking temporary surcease from the rigors of the present moment will find it in abundance here. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Twelfth Night’ Review: Silly Succor for Modern Malaise," 20 July 2017

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First Known Use of surcease

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for surcease

Verb

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

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