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desist

Line breaks: de¦sist
Pronunciation: /dɪˈzɪst
 
, dɪˈsɪst
 
/

Definition of desist in English:

verb

[no object]
Stop doing something; cease or abstain: each pledged to desist from acts of sabotage
More example sentences
  • So let's all put a stop to this tomfoolery and cease and desist from giving these Ministers pats on the back for their poor behavior.
  • All other followers are threatened or enticed to cease and desist.
  • These figures are the most valid argument yet that they should cease and desist and retire from the field immediately.
Synonyms
abstain, refrain, forbear, hold back, keep;
stop, cease, discontinue, suspend, give up, quit, break off, leave off, conclude, call a halt/stop to, forgo, drop, dispense with, eschew, have done with, wash one's hands of
informal lay off, give over, pack in, pack up
nautical slang belay

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French desister, from Latin desistere, from de- 'down from' + sistere 'to stop' (reduplication of stare 'to stand').

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  • consist from (Late Middle English):

    Fron Latin consistere ‘stand firm or still, exist’, sistere ‘set, stand (still), stop’, also the source of assist (Late Middle English) originally ‘take your stand’; desist (Late Middle English) ‘stand down, stop’; exist (early 17th century) ‘come into being’, literally ‘stand out’; insist (late 16th century) ‘stand upon [an argument]’; and resist (Late Middle English) ‘stand back or against’.

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