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meek

[meek] /mik/
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
1150-1200; Middle English meke, meoc < Old Norse mjūkr soft, mild, meek
Related forms
meekly, adverb
meekness, noun
overmeek, adjective
overmeekly, adverb
overmeekness, noun
Synonyms
1. forbearing; yielding; unassuming; pacific, calm, soft. See gentle.
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Examples for meekly
  • 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.
  • In any case, no one expects that the army will meekly hide away in its barracks.
  • He bounced out meekly to first to set up the tension-filled bottom of the ninth.
  • Normally, patrons who weren't quick enough to escape unnoticed would submit meekly to arrest or humiliation.
  • He calmly pulled a pistol, shot the senator in the wrist, and then meekly surrendered.
  • The producers meekly removed any scene that offended the church.
British Dictionary definitions for meekly

meek

/miːk/
adjective
1.
patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble
2.
spineless or spiritless; compliant
3.
an obsolete word for gentle
Derived Forms
meekly, adverb
meekness, noun
Word Origin
C12: related to Old Norse mjūkr amenable; compare Welsh mwytho to soften
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Word Origin and History for meekly
adv.

c.1200, from meek (adj.) + -ly (2).

meek

adj.

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.

n.

"those who are meek," c.1200, from meek (adj.).

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