(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Giving up
1. resignation, demission, retirement, abdication, withdrawal, surrender, quitting; relinquishment. See submission.
2. resignedness, patience, forbearance, long-suffering, sufferance, acquiescence; passiveness, meekness, stoicism. See inexcitability.
1. resign, withdraw, demit, yield, surrender, resign oneself, grin and bear it, submit, desert, retire, tender one's resignation, lie down, give up, throw in the towel or sponge, quit, take it on the chin; make a virtue of necessity.
2. abrogate, abdicate, vacate, step down; walk the plank.
1. resigning, renunciatory, abjuratory, abdicant; retired, in retirement. Informal, out to pasture.
2. resigned, submissive, patient, long-suffering, acquiescent, unresisting, complying, yielding, uncomplaining, reconciled, philosophical, stoical.
Quotations — Better to accept whatever happens (Horace), A calm despair, without angry convulsion or reproaches directed to heaven, is the essence of wisdom (Alfred de Vigny), Hear me, my chiefs, I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever (Chief Joseph), What is called resignation is confirmed desperation (Henry David Thoreau).
Antonyms, see obstinacy.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Mental preparation for something unwelcome]
Syn. submission, humility, passivity, patience, deference, docility, submissiveness, renunciation, self-abnegation, resignedness, acquiescence, endurance, compliance, yieldingness, unresistingness.
Ant. resistance*, unsubmissiveness, unwillingness.
2. [The act of resigning]
Syn. retirement, departure, leaving, quitting, giving up, abdication, surrender, withdrawal, relinquishment, abandonment, vacating, tendering one's resignation, giving up office, termination of one's connection.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. quitting retirement, termination, withdrawal, leaving, notice, abdication.
2. acceptance submission, acquiescence, tolerance, endurance, reconciliation, passivity.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. A giving up of a possession, claim, or right: abandonment, abdication, demission, quitclaim, relinquishment, renunciation, surrender, waiver. See KEEP. 2. The capacity of enduring hardship or inconvenience without complaint: forbearance, long-suffering, patience, tolerance. See ACCEPT.

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