- to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease.
- to mitigate or reduce; soften: to mollify one's demands.
Origin of mollify
Examples from the Web for mollifies
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.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
Well; this mollifies a little: I am content he shall see me.Dryden's Works Vol. 3 (of 18)
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
- to pacify; soothe
- to lessen the harshness or severity of
Word Origin and History for mollifies
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.