meek

[meek]
adjective, meeker, meekest.
1.
humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
2.
overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
3.
Obsolete. gentle; kind.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English meke, meoc < Old Norse mjūkr soft, mild, meek

meekly, adverb
meekness, noun
overmeek, adjective
overmeekly, adverb
overmeekness, noun


1. forbearing; yielding; unassuming; pacific, calm, soft. See gentle.
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meek (miːk)
 
adj
1.  patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
2.  spineless or spiritless; compliant
3.  an obsolete word for gentle
 
[C12: related to Old Norse mjūkr amenable; compare Welsh mwytho to soften]
 
'meekly
 
adv
 
'meekness
 
n

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meek
c.1200, "gentle, courteous, kind," from O.N. mjukr "soft, pliant, gentle," from P.Gmc. *meukaz (cf. Goth. muka-modei "humility," Du. muik "soft"), of uncertain origin. Use to translate L. mansuetus from Vulgate (see mansuetude). Sense of "submissive" is from mid-14c.
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Example sentences
Having been denied it, killing three people and then meekly submitting to
  arrest was a suitable alternative.
What dark matter demands, ordinary matter doesn't always obey meekly.
The humble saint meekly acquiesced without making any reply.
Church officials insist that it is not their job to fall into line meekly with
  public opinion.
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