Meanwhile, on Friday, Holder made a round of calls to Capitol Hill in an attempt to mollify concerned lawmakers.
And perhaps most important, to deflect criticism and mollify opponents with politesse and wit.
Such a move will acknowledge its rising power and mollify its inferiority complex.
Obama moved to mollify them, although how well it worked is unclear; both Dunn and Romer have since left the administration.
He was actually soft as mush, straining to mollify Hispanics without roiling his own nativist base.
Conscious they deserved a scolding, they sent Josephine down first to mollify.
The boys who bully him will mollify towards him, and accept his pie and sweetmeats.
T is for thee to carry the honey-bag to mollify the stings my naughty tongue must aye inflict.
At first I had been suspicious; it might have been put on to mollify me.
For the purpose of his letter is to mollify the displeasure of Cn.
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.