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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Word Origin & History

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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Meekness definition


a calm temper of mind, not easily provoked (James 3:13). Peculiar promises are made to the meek (Matt. 5:5; Isa. 66:2). The cultivation of this spirit is enjoined (Col. 3:12; 1 Tim. 6:11; Zeph. 2:3), and is exemplified in Christ (Matt. 11:29), Abraham (Gen. 13; 16:5, 6) Moses (Num. 12:3), David (Zech. 12:8; 2 Sam. 16:10, 12), and Paul (1 Cor. 9:19).

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Example sentences
The native took it with meekness not showing in his face or manner any
  resentment.
Her wonderful humility, meekness, and patience are celebrated in the lives of
  the fathers of the desert.
He was admirable in all virtues, particularly in a heavenly meekness and
  humility.
Nothing was more remarkable than his meekness on all occasions.
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