- humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
- overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
- Obsolete. gentle; kind.
Origin of meek
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Examples from the Web for meekness
Meekness is less than ever an attractive quality in American life.Blood for Sale? Reagan’s Pagan Cult
May 26, 2012
Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
Though not a revengeful character, he had not that meekness which never resents.Night and Morning, Complete
She speaks gently, but there is an obstinacy in him, despite his meekness.Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
His anger changed to meekness, and his words were mild and fawning.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Can he compass his spirit with meekness, and strangle a natural oath?Farm Ballads
- patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
- spineless or spiritless; compliant
- an obsolete word for gentle
Word Origin and History for meekness
c.1200, "gentle, quiet, unaggressive; benevolent, kind; courteous, humble, unassuming;" of a woman, "modest," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse mjukr "soft, pliant, gentle"), from Proto-Germanic *meukaz (cf. Gothic muka-modei "humility," Dutch muik "soft"), of uncertain origin, perhaps from PIE *meug- "slippery, slimy." In the Bible, it translates Latin mansuetus from Vulgate (see mansuetude). Sense of "submissive" is from mid-14c.
"those who are meek," c.1200, from meek (adj.).