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Example with a context:

"We, the Moldovans, have always been at a junction between different interests and have always suffered from this. It's our fate," he said with a resigned air.

I know what resigned means—it is when you unwillingly accept something you're not really happy about. The only thing that I have a problem with is how should I understand an air in this context?

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In the context of that quote, air has the meaning of:

So we could rephrase "...he said with a resigned air" as "...he said in a resigned manner."

In other words, the speaker says, "We, the Moldovans have always been... It's our fate," in a way that indicates his feeling/attitude of resignation.

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