Definition of turn the other cheek in US English:

turn the other cheek


  • Refrain from retaliating when one has been attacked or insulted.

    • ‘Since then, I have cooled down and decided that was wrong and a sinful act of retaliation instead of turning the other cheek.’
    • ‘I am done with taking the high road and turning the other cheek.’
    • ‘Good Christian values of compassion for one's enemies and turning the other cheek no longer apply.’
    • ‘Are we reflecting an attitude that turns the other cheek, an attitude that goes the extra mile in the face of abuse?’
    • ‘Good people cannot stop a war merely by turning the other cheek.’
    • ‘They may not care for the theology and rituals but they do understand the tenets of Christianity based, if nothing else, on the Ten Commandments, along with lessons of turning the other cheek, the Good Samaritan etc.’
    • ‘Forgiveness, turning the other cheek, are, for me, signs of strength.’
    • ‘And so this is not a pope who believes always in turning the other cheek.’
    • ‘Tell them if they are really committed to a nonviolent approach to undeserved attacks, they will turn the other cheek and negotiate a solution.’
    • ‘It is tough being tolerant and turning the other cheek sometimes.’