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meek (adj.)

12世纪末, mēk, “脾气温和或温和; 在伤害或恼怒下忍耐; 谦逊, 不卑不亢;” 女人的“谦逊”, 来自斯堪的纳维亚语源, 如古北欧语 mjukr “柔软, 柔顺, 温和”, 来自原日耳曼语 *meukaz (也是哥特语 muka-modei “谦逊”, 荷兰语 muik “柔软” 的源头), 这个词的来源不确定, 也许来自PIE *meug- “滑溜, 黏糊糊”. 在《圣经》中, 它的拉丁文 mansuetus, 译自武加大版(见 mansuetude). “顺从, 顺从, 温顺” 的意思来自14世纪的.

meek (n.)

“那些温顺的人”, 13世纪, 来自 meek (adj.

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Definitions of meek from WordNet

meek (adj.)
humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness;
meek and self-effacing
Synonyms: mild / modest
meek (adj.)
very docile; "meek as a mouse"- Langston Hughes;
Synonyms: tame
meek (adj.)
evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant; "a fine fiery blast against meek conformity"- Orville Prescott;
she looked meek but had the heart of a lion
Synonyms: spiritless
From wordnet.princeton.edu