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 Meanings and Examples of DESIST
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desist
 v.  cease to proceed or act; stop; forbear
Classic Sentence:
1  He would not despair: he would not desist.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIII
2  Notwithstanding the evidently useless nature of their search, they did not desist until the coming on of night rendered its further prosecution hopeless; and even then, they gave it up with reluctance.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXV
3  Instantly the captain ran forward, and in a loud voice commanded his crew to desist from hoisting the cutting-tackles, and at once cast loose the cables and chains confining the whales to the ship.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 91. The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud.
4  He had made two attempts to shave but his hand had been so unsteady that he had been obliged to desist.
Dubliners By James Joyce
Get Context   In THE BOARDING HOUSE
5  "Lise, I beg you to desist," said Prince Andrew still more emphatically.
War and Peace(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER VII
6  Fearing in his heart lest this might prove but too true, the captain a little desisted, but still commanded the insurgents instantly to return to their duty.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 54. The Town-Ho's Story.
7  But as he did so, the oarsmen expectantly desisted from rowing; the boat drifted a little towards the ship's stern; so that, as if by magic, the letter suddenly ranged along with Gabriel's eager hand.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 71. The Jeroboam's Story.
8  He exerted preterhuman self-denial in abstaining from finishing him completely; but getting out of breath, he finally desisted, and dragged the apparently inanimate body on to the settle.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVII
9  When he began to undo the chain, the legs desisted, and a voice began.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER V
10  As these had not been well received, he had desisted.
Dubliners By James Joyce
Get Context   In GRACE
11  Natasha only desisted when she had been told that there would be pineapple ice.
War and Peace(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER XIX
Example Sentence:
1  They did not desist from the work until the Wazir ordered a number of his people to remove to this city with their families.