Antonyms for meek

Grammar : Adj
Spell : meek
Phonetic Transcription : mik

Definition of meek

Origin :
  • 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.
  • adj shy; compliant
Example sentences :
  • Anaxagoras retained his usual bland expression and meek dignity.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • Good, meek creature:—But you were upon your overtures just now!
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • But that mild and meek man had a certain strength of pertinacity.
  • Extract from : « Within the Law » by Marvin Dana
  • But Alice was supposed to be a widow; and Alice was so meek, so docile, so motherly.
  • Extract from : « Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Learn of Me that I am meek and lowly, and ye shall find rest to your souls.
  • Extract from : « Albert Durer » by T. Sturge Moore
  • I thought of your reprehensions, and was meek, though not pleased.
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • Bagley was, indeed, as meek as he could be in his manner of inquiry.
  • Extract from : « The Mystery of Murray Davenport » by Robert Neilson Stephens
  • My father was as meek, and pious, and humble a Christian as ever thumped a pulpit.
  • Extract from : « Homeward Bound » by James Fenimore Cooper
  • Diabolus, 'meek as a lamb,' said he was a neighbour of theirs.
  • Extract from : « Bunyan » by James Anthony Froude
  • Gervaise was always so amiable, meek as a lamb, sweet as sugar.
  • Extract from : « L'Assommoir » by Emile Zola

Synonyms for meek

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