acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
It wasn’t her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
She was resigned to being embarrassed by her younger brother.
As the year passed, often as not recess would find her with the girls under the tree, sitting in the middle of the crowd, resigned to her fate, but watching the boys play their seasonal games in the schoolyard.
Harper Lee -- Go Set a Watchman
All the cows were lined up, packed in their stalls, staring at us mutely as we walked by, with that same look in their eyes, fear and resignation and something else.
Lauren Oliver -- Delirium
He picks up a stack of papers, which I assume are handouts on rules and procedures, with a measured amount of boredom and resignation.
Katja Millay -- The Sea of Tranquility
Mary, meanwhile, still looked dazed and resigned to a silent, unflinching suffering.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
She went sad, resigned.
V.S. Naipaul -- A Bend in the River
Sitting there, listening to Larry tell me these wretched things with such straightforward resignation and equanimity, I tried to still the turmoil in my brain.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
Then there are the ones who have not resigned themselves, who still try for an effect of glamour.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
"Who started it?" asked Atticus, in resignation.
Harper Lee -- To Kill a Mockingbird
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Ron sighed as though resigned to the worst
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
It was evident to everyone that he was resigned to his fate.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
He began to think it was to be, and that he could not prevent it—a very promising step of the mind on its way to resignation.
Jane Austen -- Emma
The kind of submission or resignation that he showed was that of a man who was tired out.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
She resigned herself to waiting until the rain stopped and...
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- One Hundred Years of Solitude
She’d sighed, resigned. "Once you make up your mind, there is no reasoning with you."
Stephenie Meyer -- Breaking Dawn
Beatrice’s face had become a mask of grim resignation.
Carl Hiassen -- Hoot
She had become resigned to her daughters’ odd and willful ways.
Julia Alvarez -- In the Time of the Butterflies
She seemed to swing between worry and fatalistic resignation.
Dave Eggers -- Zeitoun
Will I let her fall to her death, or will I resign myself to being factionless?
Veronica Roth -- Divergent
Their figures are bent, their faces full of grief, despair, haste, and resignation.
Erich Maria Remarque -- All Quiet on the Western Front
And so Laila has resigned herself to moving on.
Khaled Hosseini -- A Thousand Splendid Suns
Then he stood straight, but with a kind of quiet resignation,
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
Resigned to his fate, he gazed into the bear’s eyes...
Ben Mikaeslen -- Touching Spirit Bear
"You thought he was cute," said Simon, sounding resigned.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Bones
Warming himself ever so briefly had shaken away the lethargy and resignation and restored his will to survive.
Lois Lowry -- The Giver
Tashi didn’t want to do it, but to make her people feel better, she’s resigned.
Alice Walker -- The Color Purple
Vile earth, to earth resign; end motion here;
William Shakespeare -- Romeo and Juliet
She looked him in the eye and Arthur thought he detected the tiniest resigned shrug.
Douglas Adams -- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
"Yes, to another world," replied the minister with pious resignation.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
"But we can’t give up." Thomas said it in a matter-of-fact tone, as a resigned repeat of what Minho had said a moment earlier.
James Dashner -- The Maze Runner
Flavius badly wants to use his own trademark purple lipstick on me but resigns himself to a pink as they begin to color my face and nails.
Suzanne Collins -- Catching Fire
Eddie noticed the resigned look on the Blue Man’s face.
Mitch Albom -- The Five People You Meet in Heaven
This is the way he insists on wearing his shirts now, with the collar buttoned, which makes him look both boyish and frail, resigned to old age.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
My mother cried when she kissed her sons goodbye, but she was resigned.
Rudolfo Anaya -- Bless Me, Ultima
But then she seems to resign, to throw her hands up in surrender.
Gayle Forman -- If I Stay
As she buried one child after another her sorrow gave way ... to grim resignation.
Chinua Achebe -- Things Fall Apart
I turned around with elaborate resignation.
John Knowles -- A Separate Peace
I resigned myself thenceforward to despair.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Black Cat
...she expired in his arms, resigning her precious soul into the hands of Almighty God.
Daniel Defoe -- Robinson Crusoe
But Baba sensed my lack of genuine interest and resigned himself to the bleak fact that his son was never going to either play or watch soccer.
Khaled Hosseini -- The Kite Runner
August settled herself beside me on the swing, resigned.
Sue Monk Kidd -- The Secret Life of Bees
Some carried themselves with a sort of wistful resignation, others with pride or stiff soldierly discipline or good humor or macho zeal.
Tim O’Brien -- The Things They Carried
In time she grew resigned to this.
Laura Esquivel -- Like Water for Chocolate
Her dad shrugged with resignation.
Rick Riordan -- The Lost Hero
Yossarian stepped out of the way with resignation finally when he saw it was hopeless to try to reason with him.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
Harry knew, by the fact that Fleur showed no sign of surprise, but rather a determined resignation, that he had been right:
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Resigning himself to a miserable day, he...
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
MRS. PEARCE [only half resigned to it] Very well, sir. It’s for you to say.
George Bernard Shaw -- Pygmalion
"Well, nothing in the world would surprise me now," said Mr. Hardman with quiet resignation.