An example of to desist is to stop protesting in front of the city hall.
Origin of desistLate Middle English desisten from Old French desister from Classical Latin desistere from de-, from + sistere, to cause to stand from stare, to stand
intransitive verbde·sist·ed, de·sist·ing, de·sists
Origin of desistMiddle English desisten from Old French desister from Latin dēsistere dē- de- sistere to bring to a standstill ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present desists, present participle desisting, simple past and past participle desisted)
From Middle French désister.