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
An example of to desist is to stop protesting in front of the city hall.
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.
- Under pressure from the palatine of Batthyany an imperial edict was issued, on the 7th day of May, ordering the ban to desist from his separatist plans and take his orders from Pest.
- Used the title on his seals and charters till he was compelled to desist by the emperor Charles IV.
- The root has nothing to do with resting in the sense of enjoying repose; in transitive forms and applications it means to "sever," to "put an end to," and intransitively it means to "desist," to "come to an end."
- Three weeks later the treaty of Turin ceding Savoy and Nice to France was ratified, though not without much opposition, and Cavour was fiercely reviled for his share in the transaction, especially by Garibaldi, who even contemplated an expedition to Nice, but was induced to desist by the king.
- He even asked John Wesley, in 1739, to desist from preaching in his diocese of Bristol, and in a memorable interview with the great preacher remarked that any claim to the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit was "a horrid thing, a very horrid thing, sir."