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[mol-uh-fahy] /ˈmɒl əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), mollified, mollifying.
to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease.
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 forms
mollification, noun
mollifier, noun
mollifyingly, adverb
mollifiable, adjective
remollify, verb (used with object), remollified, remollifying.
unmollifiable, adjective
unmollified, adjective
unmollifying, adjective Unabridged
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  • Conscious they deserved a scolding, they sent Josephine down first to mollify.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • The boys who bully him will mollify towards him, and accept his pie and sweetmeats.

    The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray
  • T is for thee to carry the honey-bag to mollify the stings my naughty tongue must aye inflict.

    Standish of Standish Jane G. Austin
  • At first I had been suspicious; it might have been put on to mollify me.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • For the purpose of his letter is to mollify the displeasure of Cn.

British Dictionary definitions for mollify


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to pacify; soothe
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 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.

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