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Today's Word "surcease"

Cessation or stop on

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surcease \SUR-sees; sur-SEES\ (noun) - Cessation; stop; end.

"One of his clearest remembrances from childhood was the feeling that swept over him when, on a Saturday morning, the sun had sequestered itself behind a cascade of clouds and rain, thick, relentless walls of rain, came pounding down with no promise of surcease, black greasy rain that eradicated all hopes of an outdoor day." -- Stanley Bing, 'Lloyd: What Happened'

 

Surcease comes from Old French sursis, past participle of surseoir, "to refrain," from Latin supersedere, "to sit above, to sit out," from super, "above" + sedere, "to sit."

 

 

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