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desist
used in The War of the Worlds

5 uses
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Definition
to not do something
  • I hammered at the door, but I could not make the people hear (if there were any people inside), and after a time I desisted, and, availing myself of a ditch for the greater part of the way, succeeded in crawling, unobserved by these monstrous machines, into the pine woods towards Maybury.
    1.10 — Book 1 Chapter 10 — In the Storm (73% in)
  • One of the men desisted and turned towards him, and my brother, realising from his antagonist's face that a fight was unavoidable, and being an expert boxer, went into him forthwith and sent him down against the wheel of the chaise.
    1.16 — Book 1 Chapter 16 — The Exodus from London (19% in)
  • The bottle struck the floor and broke, and I desisted and rose.
    2.4 — Book 2 Chapter 4 — The Death of the Curate (6% in)
  • He would neither desist from his attacks on the food nor from his noisy babbling to himself.
    2.4 — Book 2 Chapter 4 — The Death of the Curate (18% in)
  • Then he slept awhile, and began again with renewed strength, so loudly that I must needs make him desist.
    2.4 — Book 2 Chapter 4 — The Death of the Curate (41% in)

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