Part of speech: verb

To stop; forbear.

Part of speech: verb

To cease from action; forbear; stop; often followed by from.

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Usage examples "desist":

  1. Letters are found in your cabinet urging you to desist from your threatened vengeance. - "The New Tenant", E. Phillips Oppenheim.
  2. The tone of exaggerated gallantry with which I pronounced these words, put d'Entragues into a rage, and he answered sharply that he would not desist till one of us was dead. - "The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons", Jacques Casanova de Seingalt.
  3. They, recognising that there was no choice, called upon their assailants to desist, and undertook to come forth. - "Hellenica", Xenophon.