American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cease; stop; be at an end; leave off; refrain finally.
- To stop; put an end to; cause to cease.
- n. Cessation; stop.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Cessation; stop; end.
- v. obsolete To cause to cease; to end.
- v. obsolete To cease.
- n. a stopping
- Middle English surcesen, variant (influenced by cesen, to cease) of sursesen, from Anglo-Norman surseser, from Old French surseoir, sursis-, to refrain, from Latin supersedēre; see supersede. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As every outraged nerve in my body cried for alleviation, so my tortured mind shrieked for surcease from the accusing memory of the things I had said and done while under the influence of alcohol.”
“The Board of Prison Directors gave me my choice: a prison trustyship and surcease from the jute looms if I gave up the nonexistent dynamite; life imprisonment in solitary if I refused to give up the nonexistent dynamite.”
“This occupation is decades long and continues before our very eyes, with no prospect for near-term surcease for the Christian and Muslim Palestinians.”
“They doubtless must have thought, hearing the sound of the iron and seeing all at once the light again, that my father had regretted the kind of surcease he had granted them, and that some one came to bring them death.”
“I bear it so long as I can before my mind reels away to find surcease in blessed darkness.”
“` Surely, 'said I, ` surely this is something novel, boredom's surcease;”
“Author Juan Vidal Castillo, who knows his town better than anybody, probably could talk for days about the culture with its foundations in the Church, the conflicts which emptied the town, the drain of youth fleeing toward surcease of poverty or at least to aspire to achievement, of the military revolutions of the past and the tortuous social revolutions of the present.”
“It eased pain, gave surcease to sorrow, brought back old memories, dead faces, and forgotten dreams.”
“Not, as I now know, that our company was distasteful to him, but because his trouble had so grown that he could not respond to our happiness nor find surcease with us.”
“Small wonder that, like old Ecclesiastes, he found vanity in all things and surcease in sugar stocks, singing boys, and hula dancers.”
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