desist from

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I wish, Mr Square, you would desist from filling the minds of my pupils with such antichristian stuff; for the consequence must be, while they are under my care, its being well scourged out of them again.
But after all I could not desist from telling her that night, for, as afterwards at her lodging we sat over the fire, talking as if we had known each other all our lives, there seemed no reason for an arbitrary delay.
And as to the king, he learned his mind when he himself, after taking the Duchy of Urbino, attacked Tuscany, and the king made him desist from that undertaking; hence the duke decided to depend no more upon the arms and the luck of others.
At last, after much dodging search, he finds the Tarshish ship receiving the last items of her cargo; and as he steps on board to see its Captain in the cabin, all the sailors for the moment desist from hoisting in the goods, to mark the stranger's evil eye.
Crupp said it was clear she couldn't be in two places at once (which I felt to be reasonable), and that 'a young gal' stationed in the pantry with a bedroom candle, there never to desist from washing plates, would be indispensable.
They were instantly surrounded and seized, whereupon their leader called out to his followers to desist from any violence, and pretended to be perfectly pacific in his intentions.
He said that media should desist from broadcasting or publishing any news, which pose opposition public opinion against any particular party or candidate.
The European Union might desist from paying to Greece the next installment of its bailout should the country fail to give guarantees it is able to pay back its debts, stated EU Finance Commissioner Olli Rehn.
NNA - 22/01/2011 Lebanese Forces commander Samir Geagea implored Hezbollah to desist from using violence when dealing with "loyal citizens.
By Lahore, July 14, 2010 (Frontier Star): Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif said that No-one should be allowed to point score on water issue between Punjab and Sindh adding that Punjab will neither desist from its allocated water share nor take even a drop of water from Sindh's share.
You must cease and desist from any and all fundraising activities, including solicitation of sponsorships, immediately.
His letter also demanded that he "agree in writing to permanently cease and desist from the advertising, promoting, marketing, sale or distribution of any products bearing or referring to Universal Property.