• WordNet 3.6
    • n resignation a formal document giving notice of your intention to resign "he submitted his resignation as of next month"
    • n resignation the act of giving up (a claim or office or possession etc.)
    • n resignation acceptance of despair
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On February 9, 1993, "Dateline NBC" was forced to publicly apologize, and NBC president Michael Gartner resigned for a scandal caused by "Dateline" rigging a GM truck with explosives to simulate a "scientific" crash-test demo.
    • Resignation The act of resigning or giving up, as a claim, possession, office, or the like; surrender; as, the resignation of a crown or commission.
    • Resignation The state of being resigned or submissive; quiet or patient submission; unresisting acquiescence; as, resignation to the will and providence of God.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When he resigned in 1923 because of illegal behavior in the Teapot Dome Affair, Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall was offered an appointment to the Supreme Court by President Harding. In 1931, Fall was tried and found guilty of conspiracy to defraud.
    • n resignation The act of resigning or giving up, as a claim, office, place, or possession.
    • n resignation The state of being resigned or submissive; unresisting acquiescence; particularly, quiet submission to the will of Providence; contented submission.
    • n resignation In Scots law, the form by which a vassal returns the feu into the hands of a superior. Synonyms Relinquishment, renunciation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Resignation act of giving up: state of being resigned or quietly submissive: acquiescence: patience:
    • n Resignation (Scots law) the form by which a vassal returns the feu into the hands of a superior
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  • John Keble
    John Keble
    “We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.”
  • Graham Greene
    “We are all of us resigned to death: it's life we aren't resigned to.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “The love of fame is the last weakness which even the wise resign.”
  • Dawn Steel
    Dawn Steel
    “You don't resign from these jobs, you escape from them.”
  • Larry Eisenberg
    Larry Eisenberg
    “For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. résignation,. See Resign
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. resignāre, -ātum, to annul—re-, sig. reversal, signāresignum, a mark.


In literature:

Then I resign from the state of California.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
The chief justice ultimately resigned his seat in the executive council (1835).
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
He was senior Major when I resigned my commission.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
I shall have to resign if you insist on my doing it.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Sir Thomas More resigned the seals, and retired to poverty and solitude.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Were it once over, happen what might, I could resign myself to my fate.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
Sir Robert Peel did not hesitate a moment in withdrawing his offer of resignation.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853" by Queen Victoria
Certainly Pitt scoffed at the idea of resignation.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Pitt resigned the seals on the 5th.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
This Canning could not endure, and resigned.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville

In poetry:

Then let us this day with hearts blithe and gay,
And faces that glisten and shine,
In Jesus rejoice, with ear-thrilling voice,
And ev'ry dull sorrow resign.
"Another Invitation, Or Exhortation To Worship Christ Jesus" by Rees Prichard
The star of Venus ushers in the day,
The first, the loveliest of the train that shine!
The star of Venus lends her brightest ray,
When other stars their friendly beams resign.
"Elegy XII. His Recantation" by William Shenstone
Farewell, old oak! I leave thee to the wind,
And go to struggle with the chafing tide--
Soon to the dust thy form shall be resigned,
And I would sleep thy crumbling limbs beside.
"The Old Oak" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
And must I then, at Friendship's call,
Calmly resign the little all
(Trifling, I grant, it is and small)
I have of gladness,
And lend my being to the thrall
Of gloom and sadness?
"A Valentine" by Lewis Carroll
Death reaches not a spirit such as thine,
It can but steal the robe that hid thy wings;
Though thy warm breathing presence we resign,
Still in our hearts its loving semblance clings.
"In Memory Of John Greenleaf Whittier" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
—Must I too call the scenes no longer mine,
Where warbling fountains play, and rivers roll;
The shady woods, the breezy lawns resign,
And the sweet rural scents that cheer my soul?
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves

In news:

CIA's Petraeus Resigns Over Affair.
England are without a captain or coach after manager Fabio Capello resigned on Wednesday following John Terry's dismissal as captain by the Football Association.
An Egyptian woman celebrates with other people after President Hosni Mubarak resigned and handed power to the military at Tahrir square, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Feb 11, 2011.
Cassis hopes to fill seat in special election in September after Thaddeus McCotter resigns.
The next he was hurrying to the White House to offer his resignation and remorse over an extramarital affair.
Broadwell is CIA Director David Petraeus' biographer, with whom he had an affair that led to his abrupt resignation last Friday.
He returned as economy minister in 2000, and resigned in December 2001.
Top Susan G Komen Official Resigned Over Planned Parenthood Cave-In .
District 186 HR Director Resigns.
After serving for seven years, I resigned with regret from the San Juan Islands Ferry Advisory Committee.
Higgins resigns Democratic leadership to run for Alaska House seat.
In her resignation to her station, Becky is very much a product of her time.
El Paso Fire Chief Otto Drozd has submitted his resignation to the City of El Paso with an effective date of Nov 23, 2012.
He is the third head of a City department to resign or retire in three months.
World Bank President Paul D Wolfowitz addressed staffers until they began to chant for him to resign.

In science:

Resign from the ordering in the evolution time in the underlying LO crude MC.
The Exclusive NLO DGLAP Kernels for Non-Singlet Evolution
We have seen, in section 3.2.2, that this can be replaced by an algorithm in the style of but we had to resign to the principle according to which once a tile is placed, it cannot be removed.
About the domino problem in the hyperbolic plane, a new solution
The female vice-president of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, who was to have become the first female President in January 2008 has resigned over a funding fuss at her home university (Science 313, 31).
Astrophysics in 2006
Physics Today finally resolved its differences with terminated staff member Jeff Schmidt (Brodsky 2006), who was awarded back wages and benefits, rehired, and then immediately resigned.
Astrophysics in 2006
Our way is to improve the methods to be applied and not to resign beforehand.
Around the gap between sociophysics and sociology