- to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease.
- to mitigate or reduce; soften: to mollify one's demands.
Origin of mollify
Examples from the Web for mollification
I doubt not it failed to contribute to a mollification of their painful forebodings.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital
John Beauchamp Jones
- to pacify; soothe
- to lessen the harshness or severity of
Word Origin and History for mollification
late 14c., from Old French mollificacion (Modern French mollification), from Medieval Latin mollificationem (nominative mollificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of mollificare (see mollify).
late 14c., "to soften (a substance)," from Old French mollifier or directly from Late Latin mollificare "make soft, mollify" from mollificus "softening," from Latin mollis "soft" (see melt (v.)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Transferred sense of "soften in temper, appease, pacify" is recorded from early 15c. Related: Mollified; mollifying.