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adj. meek·er, meek·est
1. Showing patience and humility; gentle.
2. Easily imposed on; submissive.

[Middle English meke, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse mjūkr, soft.]

meek′ly adv.
meek′ness n.
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  1. (Quivering and) abject … like some unfortunate dog abasing itself before its master —Jean Rhys

    The quivering is being done by a young woman in the embrace of a lover, in Rhys’ novel, Quartet

  2. (Why do you sit there) apologizing to him, as if he were a fuehrer or something —Leslie A. Fiddler
  3. Bowed to them like a tree in a storm —Edith Wharton
  4. Complied like hostages with a gun trained on them —Louise Erdrich
  5. Exist unthinkingly like a slave, like a working animal —Iris Murdoch
  6. He’s like a bell, that will go for everyone that pulls it —Thomas Fuller
  7. Humble, friendly eyes looked up timidly, like the yes of a dog that is uncertain whether he is about to receive a pat or a blow —Ellen Glasgow


  8. Like an ox, his head bent meekly, he waited for the blow of the axe which was raised over him —Leo Tolstoy
  9. Lieeke a victim, she waited: meek, like a sacrifice —Margaret Drabble
  10. Looked humbly about him like a dog slipping into a strange kitchen and afraid of kicks —Honoré de Balzac
  11. Meek as a hen —Fyodor Dostoevski
  12. Meek as the dew —Dylan Thomas
  13. Meekness takes injuries like pills, not chewing, but swallowing them down —Sir Thomas Browne
  14. A meek soul without zeal, is like a ship in a calm, that moves not as fast as it ought —John M. Mason
  15. Obedience simulates subordination as fear of the police simulates honesty —George Bernard Shaw
  16. Obedient as a partner in a dance —Lael Tucker Wertenbaker
  17. Obedient as a sheep —Robert Browning
  18. Obediently as a trained seal —Anon

    The trained seal comparison has become a common cliche, with many variations such as “Obediently as a puppet on a string” and “Obediently like a trained elephant,” the latter spotted in Aldous Huxley’s After Many a Summer Dies the Swan.

  19. Servility is like a golden pill which outwardly gives pleasure but inwardly is full of bitterness —Narun Tate

    The word ‘gives’ has been modernized from ‘giveth.’

  20. Waiting upon her whims like a footman —O. Henry
  21. Went meekly off … like a repentant boy led away to reform school —Harvey Swados
  22. Yield like a foolish mother —Emily Brontë
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.meekness - the feeling of patient, submissive humblenessmeekness - the feeling of patient, submissive humbleness
humbleness, humility - a humble feeling; "he was filled with humility at the sight of the Pope"
2.meekness - a disposition to be patient and long suffering
humility, humbleness - a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride; "not everyone regards humility as a virtue"
spinelessness - the quality of lacking a strong character; an irresolute disposition
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Lack of vanity or self-importance:
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تَواضُع، خَجَل
hógværî, mjúklyndi


[ˈmiːknɪs] Ndocilidad f, mansedumbre f (liter)
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nSanftmut f; (pej)Duckmäuserei f; (= tolerance)Duldsamkeit f
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[ˈmiːknɪs] nmitezza, umiltà f inv
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(miːk) adjective
humble and not likely to complain, argue, react strongly etc. a meek little man.
ˈmeekly adverb
ˈmeekness noun
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References in classic literature ?
After a time, perceiving the meekness and gentleness of the beast's temper, he summoned courage enough to approach him.
Bad enemies are they: nothing is more revengeful than their meekness. And readily doth he soil himself who toucheth them.
IF the meekness and long-suffering of the Pierced-noses grieved the spirit of Captain Bonneville, there was another individual in the camp to whom they were still more annoying.
Hear us when we pray to Thee; strengthen with Thy might our most gracious sovereign lord, the Emperor Alexander Pavlovich; be mindful of his uprightness and meekness, reward him according to his righteousness, and let it preserve us, Thy chosen Israel!
She noticed that when questioning her about her family, Madame Stahl had smiled contemptuously, which was not in accord with Christian meekness. She noticed, too, that when she had found a Catholic priest with her, Madame Stahl had studiously kept her face in the shadow of the lamp-shade and had smiled in a peculiar way.
Such a sallow-faced girl: if she put on a bit of pink ribbon, she looked as yellow as a crow-flower and her hair was as straight as a hank of cotton." And always when Adam stayed away for several weeks from the Hall Farm, and otherwise made some show of resistance to his passion as a foolish one, Hetty took care to entice him back into the net by little airs of meekness and timidity, as if she were in trouble at his neglect.
As it was I really think we behaved with sufficient meekness, and after thirty four or five years for reflection I am still of a very modest mind about my share of the book, in spite of the price it bears in the book- seller's catalogue.
"Oh, I hope not; but people do sometimes go suddenly, you know, and I couldn't rest till I'd asked you to forgive me," faltered Mac, thinking that Rose looked very like an angel already, with the golden hair loose on the pillow, and the meekness of suffering on her little white face.
He told them that they must go through Meekness; that they must cross the ford Honor-your-father and turn aside from the brook Bear-no-false-witness, and so on and on until they come at last to Saint Truth.
Sowerberry to Oliver, had consisted of a profuse bestowal upon him of all the dirty odds and ends which nobody else would eat; so there was a great deal of meekness and self-devotion in her voluntarily remaining under Mr.
It is possible that a judicious meekness on Sally's part might have averted disaster.
He seemed to have taken it into his head to imitate the prince in Christian meekness! Surikoff, who lived above us, annoyed me, too.