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mollify

[mol-uh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), mol·li·fied, mol·li·fy·ing.
  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; Middle English < Middle French mollifier < Late Latin mollificāre, equivalent to Latin molli(s) soft + -ficāre -fy
Related formsmol·li·fi·ca·tion, nounmol·li·fi·er, nounmol·li·fy·ing·ly, adverbmol·li·fi·a·ble, adjectivere·mol·li·fy, verb (used with object), re·mol·li·fied, re·mol·li·fy·ing.un·mol·li·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·mol·li·fied, adjectiveun·mol·li·fy·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mollifies

Historical Examples

  • He's half started to bow his neck at Boggs, but they mollifies him.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • This mollifies him, and he politely shows us what he is doing.

  • Well; this mollifies a little: I am content he shall see me.

  • But this was a trifle; a woman enjoys nothing more keenly and deeply than the superiority of the man who mollifies her.

    Froth

    Armando Palacio Valds


British Dictionary definitions for mollifies

mollify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to pacify; soothe
  2. to lessen the harshness or severity of
Derived Formsmollifiable, adjectivemollification, nounmollifier, 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 mollifies

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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