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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.
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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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  • At first I had been suspicious; it might have been put on to mollify me.

    Romance

    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • The boys who bully him will mollify toward him and accept his pie and sweetmeats.

  • 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

  • We concluded the best policy, would be to prepare a feast to mollify them.

    Sioux Indian Courts

    Doane Robinson


British Dictionary definitions for mollify

mollify

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