From Middle English mekenesse, meknes, meocnesse; equivalent to meek + -ness.
meekness (usually uncountable, plural meeknesses)
- The state or quality of being meek.
1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, 1 Timothy 6:11:
But thou, O man of God, flie these things; and follow after righteousnesse, godlinesse, faith, loue, patience, meekenesse.
1986, John le Carré, A Perfect Spy:
Nor could Pym fail to notice that his old friend in rendering account of himself assumed the familiar meekness of the displaced person in the presence of his betters.