in·​ces·​sant | \ (ˌ)in-ˈse-sᵊnt How to pronounce incessant (audio) \

Definition of incessant

: continuing or following without interruption : unceasing

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continual, continuous, constant, incessant, perpetual, perennial mean characterized by continued occurrence or recurrence. continual often implies a close prolonged succession or recurrence. continual showers the whole weekend continuous usually implies an uninterrupted flow or spatial extension. football's oldest continuous rivalry constant implies uniform or persistent occurrence or recurrence. lived in constant pain incessant implies ceaseless or uninterrupted activity. annoyed by the incessant quarreling perpetual suggests unfailing repetition or lasting duration. a land of perpetual snowfall perennial implies enduring existence often through constant renewal. a perennial source of controversy

Examples of incessant in a Sentence

Much of the early motor development of the child depends on learning and refining such procedures, through play, imitation, trial and error, and incessant rehearsal. — Oliver Sacks, New Yorker, 24 Sept. 2007 Magna Carta also stipulated that the shire courts should meet as royal courts under the itinerant justices more often than twice a year—a change, convenient to the landed classes and their incessant civil actions, that was not implemented because of the cost to the Crown. — Norman F. Cantor, Imagining the Law, 1997 Whatever Stalin's ancestry, his biographers, Robert Tucker in particular, have concluded that his unfortunate childhood experiences, including incessant, murderous beatings by his drunken father, were probably what caused his pathological behaviour. — Amy Knight, Times Literary Supplement, 26 Apr. 1991 the incessant noise from an outside repair crew was a real distraction during the test
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Recent Examples on the Web There is another side to the story that critics fail to see in their incessant rage campaign against the organization. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Over the course of her incessant career, Anderson has done just about everything a creative person can do. New York Times, 6 Oct. 2021 Their incessant belching loads the atmosphere with planet-warming methane. Matt Simon, Wired, 1 Oct. 2021 Jabri said his whole life was marked by incessant reminders of 9/11, including harassment from community members and law enforcement. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 Our senses are dulled by the incessant bludgeoning of the streaming content cycle., 1 Sep. 2021 The adept character-reader was one who fixed people with a powerful, sympathetic, and searching gaze; who seized on their unobtrusive moments—their small habits, their humble memories, their incessant chatter—to grasp the full force of their being. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 28 Aug. 2021 With its incessant profanity, ridiculous body count, and trollish sense of humor, Gunn’s film often seems content to exist in a constant state of rug-pulling. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021 But now, with the nation in the midst of yet another surge due to the highly contagious Delta variant -- and a barely 50% rate of Americans getting fully vaccinated -- Taylor has had it with the incessant spread of fear and false information. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 28 July 2021

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First Known Use of incessant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incessant

Middle English incessaunt, from Late Latin incessant-, incessans, from Latin in- + cessant-, cessans, present participle of cessare to delay — more at cease

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The first known use of incessant was in the 15th century

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“Incessant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of incessant

: continuing without stopping : not stopping


in·​ces·​sant | \ in-ˈse-sᵊnt How to pronounce incessant (audio) \

Kids Definition of incessant

: going on and on : not stopping or letting up incessant chatter

Other Words from incessant

incessantly adverb

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