Definition of desist in English:
- 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.
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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