ceased (part of speech: verb)
gave up (part of speech: verb)
- When they desisted from these attempts, their missionaries, chiefly Dominican friars, though some Jesuits were also engaged in the work, maintained an active propaganda among the tribes, and at one time counted their converts by thousands. - "Impressions of South Africa", James Bryce.
- This mollified the indignant people, and they desisted from their abuse. - "Castilian Days", John Hay.
- After a third attempt I desisted, not a little hurt, I confess, but not in the least inclined to quarrel with him. - "Wilfrid Cumbermede", George MacDonald.