- 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 mollify
Meanwhile, on Friday, Holder made a round of calls to Capitol Hill in an attempt to mollify concerned lawmakers.Holder’s Regrets and Repairs
May 28, 2013
The appointments of Al-Sisi and Mekki are no doubt intended to mollify such concerns.Is Morsy Staging or Reversing a Coup?
August 13, 2012
He was actually soft as mush, straining to mollify Hispanics without roiling his own nativist base.Immigration Could Sink Mitt Romney Regardless of Supreme Court Rulings
June 26, 2012
Obama moved to mollify them, although how well it worked is unclear; both Dunn and Romer have since left the administration.9 Juicy Bits from Ron Suskind’s Book
David A. Graham
September 20, 2011
And perhaps most important, to deflect criticism and mollify opponents with politesse and wit.GOP's New Foreign Affairs Chair Ready to Play Hardball
February 20, 2011
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.The Ontario High School Reader
Conscious they deserved a scolding, they sent Josephine down first to mollify.White Lies
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
- to pacify; soothe
- to lessen the harshness or severity of
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.