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resignation
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The Fountainhead
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as in: accepted it with resignation Define
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
  • Then he stood straight, but with a kind of quiet resignation,

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  • It wasn’t her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
  • She was resigned to being embarrassed by her younger brother.

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as in: submitted her resignation Define
to quit -- especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
  • He hoped she would resign. He could not face the thought of having to fire her.

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  • I know you’re unhappy there, but don’t submit your resignation until you find a better job.
  • She said that if I don’t resign, I will be fired.

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  • He went so far as to threaten us with his resignation unless you were expelled.
  • She was a meek little old lady with white hair, trembling hands and a face one could never remember, quiet, resigned and gently hopeless.

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  • She moved about silently, with the meek courage of resignation.
  • …I’ve a jolly good mind to resign if you turn this down!
  • And it made them sit silently, facing each other, in astonishment, in resignation.
  • It was as if his huge body were resigned to the conventions of a prosaic civilization and to its drab garments, but the oval of his chest and stomach sallied forth, flying the colors of his inner soul.
  • Roark looked at the sketches, and even though he wanted to throw them at Keating’s face and resign, one thought stopped him: the thought that it was a building and that he had to save it, as others could not pass a drowning man without leaping in to the rescue.
  • When the term of her vacation expired, she went to the office of the Banner in order to resign.
  • She came to visit him often and she was always polite to Dominique, with a strange, beaten air of resignation.
  • Waiting to hear whether I’ll have to resign.

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  • You…you were going to resign anyway, weren’t you?
  • She stood before him, her face raised; her lips were not drawn, but closed softly, yet the shape of her mouth was too definite on her face, a shape of pain and tenderness, and resignation.
  • He had resigned himself to the process of going down, long ago.
  • Toohey put his hands on the arms of his chair, then lifted his palms, from the wrists, and clasped the wood again, a little slap of resigned finality.
  • He had not chosen to resign himself—that would have been a positive decision—it had merely happened and he had let it happen.
  • A few men resigned.
  • ROARK knew that he must not show the shock of his first glance at Peter Keating—and that it was too late: he saw a faint smile on Keating’s lips, terrible in its resigned acknowledgment of disintegration.
  • After a while he said, his voice flat, resigned: "No.
  • You can’t even resign, my dear," he said.

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as in: submitted her resignation Define
to quit -- especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
as in: accepted it with resignation Define
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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