desist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v desist choose not to consume "I abstain from alcohol"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Desist To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from. "Never desisting to do evil.""To desist from his bad practice.""Desist thou art discern'd,
      And toil'st in vain)."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • desist To stop; cease from some action or proceeding; forbear: used absolutely or with from.
    • desist Synonyms To pause, stay, desist (from), leave (off), discontinue, give (over), break (off).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Desist de-sist′ to stop: to forbear
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Quotations

  • Horace
    Horace
    “This is a fault common to all singers, that among their friends they will never sing when they are asked; unasked, they will never desist.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. desistere,; de-, + sistere, to stand, stop, fr. stare, to stand: cf. F. désister,. See Stand
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. desistĕrede, away, and sistĕre, to cause to stand.

Usage

In literature:

Presently he desisted, partly on account of a conspiracy engaged in between his trousers and a rusty nail.
"The Green Mouse" by Robert W. Chambers
The higher way was so difficult and dangerous, that, having tried it, I desisted.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 5" by Boswell
In vain the boy and his mother called on Nils to desist; the drunkard took no notice.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol. I" by Various
The planter, therefore, must feel it his interest to desist from purchasing, if possible.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
In the Pancratium it is in our power to desist and not to receive blows.
"A Selection from the Discourses of Epictetus With the Encheiridion" by Epictetus
An ineffectual attempt was then made to go westward, but lack of water compelled them to desist.
"The Explorers of Australia and their Life-work" by Ernest Favenc
At length they desisted from pure weariness.
"The Girl Aviators' Motor Butterfly" by Margaret Burnham
Quasimodo, too, would desist from his bell-ringing to look at the dancing girl.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume V." by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
Upon seeing this accession of strength, the Greeks at once desisted from the attack, and made off.
"Jack Archer" by G. A. Henty
Kyle instantly commanded the slave driver to desist.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Kyle instantly commanded the slave driver to desist.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Get up, desist from crying, and listen to me.
"The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales" by Mrs. Alfred Gatty
She therefore entreated him to desist from all further application.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
You are opposing legal authority; desist, or I will call in assistance and will have you secured and removed.
"The Rome Express" by Arthur Griffiths
I spoke to her some time ago, and desired her most earnestly to desist from it.
"From Out the Vasty Deep" by Mrs. Belloc Lowndes
Therefore, O king, it behoveth thee to desist from such acts!
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
Then desist; be satisfied that you did thaw her once, and grateful that she so quickly froze again.
"Tommy and Grizel" by J.M. Barrie
Balarama is shocked to see so many uncles and cousins involved in strife and begs them to desist.
"The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry" by W. G. Archer
And beholding Susarman flee Bhima addressed him, saying, 'Desist, O Prince!
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4" by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Instead of desisting, the girls at once moved upon him with muddy hands.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
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In poetry:

For he is in the lists
Contentious with the elements, whose dower
First sprang him; for swift vultures to devour
If he desists.
"Earth And Man" by George Meredith
Hark! 'Tis her tinkling footfall!
Robin desist from thy singing;
Mar not those sounds that enthrall,--
Faint as a fairy bell's ringing.
"In My Garden Of Roses" by John Hartley
But I follow you always, unresisting,
To lowest depth ; to uttermost brink,
From a thirst like mine there is no desisting
Though given poison for wine to drink.
"Oh, Life, I Have Taken You For My Lover!" by Laurence Hope
Shall wisdom this vile trade endure,
And not the state attempt a cure?
Desist from spiggots, knives, and forks;
Draw lots instead of drawing corks;
And then each class, quite through the nation,
Must act a part that suits their station.
"The Virtues Of Election Ale" by William Hutton

In news:

News Jack Daniel's Sends Nicest Ever Cease-and- Desist Letter to Author Whose Book Looks Like a Bottle.
Shepherdstown's Lost Dog Coffee Receives Cease-and- Desist Letter From Lost Dog Cafe.
'Nicest Cease and Desist Letter' Boosts Novelist's Sales.
This Cease-and- Desist Letter Should Be the Model for Every Cease-and- Desist Letter.
Beth Wood's office to ALE cease-and- desist letter: 'No'.
Attorney Stephanie Lindsey has served at least one person she alleges is a malicious web poster with a cease and desist notice.
After Knitters Get In A Twist, USOC Apologizes For 'Cease And Desist ' Letter.
Sodastream Refuses To Comply With Coca-Cola Cease-And- Desist Letter.
Some Critical of NCUA's Cease and Desist Against Corporate Leaders.
Kingston's Independence spins, cease and desist appeal to be filed.
In the wake of the flap over contraception, Rush gets hit with a cease and desist letter.
Cease and desist on the new English Bible translations and study Bibles.
E-Mail to AT&T CEO Provokes Cease-and- Desist Letter.
Silversun Pickups Issue Cease and Desist to Romney Campaign.
California's Department of Public Health has issued cease and desist letters to 13 genetic testing startups - most notably 23andMe, which Michael tried out earlier this year.
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In science:

We desist from writing the proof of lemma B.1 here, since the lemma can be easily proven by using basic algebraic tools and explicitly calculating the identity for the various cases.
Consistency Check on Volume and Triad Operator Quantisation in Loop Quantum Gravity II
Since the corresponding solutions involve several hypergeometric functions and elliptic integrals, we desist from presenting them here.
Living on the edge in a spacetime with multiple warping
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