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- n. the quality of being meek
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being meek.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being meek; softness of temper; mildness; gentleness; forbearance under injuries and provocations; unrepining submission.
- n. Synonyms Lowliness, humility, self-abasement. See comparison under gentle.
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- n. the feeling of patient, submissive humbleness
- n. a disposition to be patient and long suffering
I'd also have to say, just to be a nit, that if you are committed enough to the life of the imagination to be a writer -- a non-didactic writer for children, though still a political one -- then perhaps this implies some sort of faith in meekness ...?
This truly is an excercise in meekness and patience on my part.
"Resist not the weakness/Such strength is in meekness" goes the Song of Spirits in Prometheus Unbound (II. iii.93-4), and this message of humility might make resistance to available forms of violence and acquisitiveness sustainable over a long and healthy life.
"If only you had my meekness," Dürer wrote to Pirkheimer (set: p. 85), half in jest doubtless, but with profound truth: -- though the word meekness does not indeed cover the whole of what we feel made Dürer's most radical advantage over his friend; at other times we might call it naïvety, that sincerity of great and simple natures which can never be outflanked or surprised.
What a beautiful mixture of dignity and meekness is this!
We must now await in meekness the storm that will follow their receipt of
And as wisdom will evidence itself in meekness, so meekness will be a great friend to wisdom; for nothing hinders the regular apprehension, the solid judgment, and impartiality of thought, necessary to our acting wisely, so much as passion.
Ministers must be patient, bearing with evil, and in meekness instructing (v. 25) not only those who subject themselves, but those who oppose themselves.
As to particular persons, that follow Christ in meekness, and in fear, and in much trembling, observe, [1.]
Jesus taught meekness and meekness is despised as a vice; he taught the superiority of the spiritual over the material world, and we have society built on the assumption that might makes right; he taught love and the world is corroded with hate; and our admiration goes out to those who can make others serve them; he taught poverty, and the very church which he founded has grown rich on the fruit of sweat shops and prostitution.