One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they used to call her Miss Mouse because she was so meek and mild’
patient, long-suffering, forbearing, resigned
gentle, quiet, shy, retiring, reverent, peaceful, peaceable, docile, lamblike, mild, demure, modest, humble, lowly, diffident, unassuming, self-effacing, unpretentious, unambitious, unobtrusive
2‘the meek compliance of our politicians’
submissive, yielding, unresisting, obedient, compliant, tame, biddable, tractable, acquiescent, deferential, weak, timid, frightened, spineless, spiritless, unprotesting, like a lamb to the slaughter
informal weak-kneed, wimpish
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