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mollify

[mol-uh-fahy] /ˈmɒl əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), mollified, mollifying.
1.
to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease.
2.
to mitigate or reduce; soften:
to mollify one's demands.
Origin of mollify
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French mollifier < Late Latin mollificāre, equivalent to Latin molli(s) soft + -ficāre -fy
Related forms
mollification, noun
mollifier, noun
mollifyingly, adverb
mollifiable, adjective
remollify, verb (used with object), remollified, remollifying.
unmollifiable, adjective
unmollified, adjective
unmollifying, adjective
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  • Nor was he to be mollified until the following day brought him his revenge.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • "It may be anything," uttered Jorgenson, morosely, but as it were in a mollified tone.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • "I see that you are a feather-headed kitten," said Elinor, not at all mollified.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther
  • He was mollified, too, by the defiance of menials and quick submission to himself.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And the Major was mollified at once, the two (as I said) being old friends.

    Two Sides of the Face Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • I have tried,” said I, mollified by this compliment; “but it is useless, and at present he is not to be found.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • That mollified her and she wrote me a note saying she was sorry she had written as she had.

    Ethics in Service William Howard Taft
  • Nevertheless, he permitted himself to be mollified and led to a seat in the Park.

    The Daffodil Mystery

    Edgar Wallace
  • Dame Satchell, mollified by his compliment, shrugged her fat shoulders.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Mathilde was mollified, but she knew what was fitting, if the Princess did not.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for mollified

mollify

/ˈmɒlɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to pacify; soothe
2.
to lessen the harshness or severity of
Derived Forms
mollifiable, adjective
mollification, noun
mollifier, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French mollifier, via Late Latin, from Latin mollis soft + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for mollified
adj.

1620s, past participle adjective from mollify.

mollify

v.

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.

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