verb (used with object), mol·li·fied, mol·li·fy·ing.
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.
The appointments of Al-Sisi and Mekki are no doubt intended to mollify such concerns.
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|Robert Shrum|June 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Obama moved to mollify them, although how well it worked is unclear; both Dunn and Romer have since left the administration.
And perhaps most important, to deflect criticism and mollify opponents with politesse and wit.GOP's New Foreign Affairs Chair Ready to Play Hardball|Sandra McElwaine|February 20, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The boys who bully him will mollify towards him, and accept his pie and sweetmeats.The Christmas Books|William Makepeace Thackeray
The courteous manners of Hernan Cortes did more to mollify the ardour of the novice than could any degree of stateliness.Calavar|Robert Montgomery Bird
Evidently the whiskey, though it was the best Glenlivat, had failed to mollify him.Not Like Other Girls|Rosa N. Carey
This seemed to mollify Lub somewhat, though he hardly liked that reference to his having been paralyzed very much.Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys|Silas K. Boone
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
British Dictionary definitions for mollify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
Word Origin for mollify
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.