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.
To desist from his bad practice.
Desist (thou art discern'd,
And toil'st in vain).
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