Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Resignation

  • A mirthless smile
  • Giving comfort to another without much energy (rubbing their back, patting their shoulder)
  • Limp hands and arms
  • Staring off at nothing
  • A hanging head
  • A loose jaw
  • Feeling directionless
  • Becoming less verbal
  • Propping the cheek up with a fist
  • A dull or bleak look
  • Slowed responses to stimuli (loud noises, activity, a person speaking)
  • A desire to sleep or tune out
  • Depressed hunger and thirst
  • The head dipping to the chest
  • Silent tears…

Win your readers’ hearts by tailoring your character’s emotional responses so they’re compelling, credible, and realistic.

If you struggle with writing emotions like so many writers do, you’ll be happy to know that this sample has been expanded into book form. The full list of physical, internal, and mental cues for this and 74 other emotions can be found in The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. For more information on this bestselling book and where it can be found, please visit our bookstore.

And the news gets better: we’ve added 15 entries to this collection, including grief, lust, and self-loathing. To access these, simply visit our online library at One Stop For Writers. There, you’ll find all 90 entries from our popular Emotion Thesaurus, which have been updated and enhanced to provide even greater value. Users also enjoy the flexibility of cross-referenced material for easy searchability across all of our completed thesaurus collections. Interested in viewing a sample? Register for free at One Stop, and see what this innovative online library can do for your storytelling.


Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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7 Responses to Emotion Thesaurus Entry: Resignation

  1. Pingback: Emotion Thesaurus Entry Collection (Samples) | Writers Helping Writers

  2. Thea Rauth says:

    As a writer, this list is really helpful! I joined this blog and you are now in my quick access toolbar. Thank you.

    Do you post ideas on Twitter? If so, please add me by my name (no spaces)and I will add you back! Thanks again! 😉


  3. Angela says:

    Actually, Marty…Becca and I are leaning in this direction, but will make a formal announcement next week…*wink, wink, nudge, nudge*

  4. Marty says:

    Just a comment that you need not post.

    I love this “Emotion Thesaurus” – you could expand this concept into a full size book.

  5. Angela says:

    Good one, Bish!

    You’re welcome, PJ!

  6. PJ Hoover says:

    Thank you so much for doing these!

  7. Bish Denham says:

    I think using sarcasm might also be used when one is resigned.

    “Well, I may as well kill myself now and get it over with, because I’m dead meat when I get home as it is.”

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