Definition: in possession of a gentle disposition; serene; not inclined to resentment
Derivation: Middle English, “soft,” “gentle”
Synonyms: Meek implies a spirit that has been trained to moderation by discipline or suffering; mild implies a temper that is not easily provoked.
Familial Qualities: forbearance, patience
Too Far: weak
Holds no fear
Is full of faith
• Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. — Jesus of Nazareth (7 bc-30 ad) The Bible, Matthew 5.5
Note: Genuine meekness has no relation to fear. It is rather an attitude of co-operating with God. It embraces patience and forbearance and is motivated by an unshakable faith: “Your will be done.” Jesus was the ideal meek man.
• To resort to power one need not be violent, and to speak to conscience one need not be meek. The most effective action both resorts to power and engages conscience. — Barbara Deming (1917-1984) American activist
Symbol: the lamb