De*sist" Desisting.] [L. desistere; de- + sistere to stand, stop, fr. stare to stand: cf. F. d'esister. See Stand.]

To cease to proceed or act; to stop; to forbear; -- often with from.

Never desisting to do evil. E. Hall.

To desist from his bad practice. Massinger.

Desist (thou art discern'd, And toil'st in vain). Milton.


© Webster 1913.

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