mollify

[ mol-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈmɒl əˌfaɪ /
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verb (used with object), mol·li·fied, mol·li·fy·ing.

to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease.
to mitigate or reduce; soften: to mollify one's demands.

Nearby words

  1. mollet, guy,
  2. mollie,
  3. mollier diagram,
  4. mollification,
  5. mollified,
  6. mollisol,
  7. mollities,
  8. mollusc,
  9. mollusca,
  10. molluscan

Origin of mollify

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French mollifier < Late Latin mollificāre, equivalent to Latin molli(s) soft + -ficāre -fy

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Examples from the Web for unmollified

  • Trigger, unmollified, pointed out that the p. 58 methods he'd used not to worry her hardly had been soothing.

    Legacy|James H Schmitz
  • "And I'm wantin' my profit from what we could sell," Pence added, unmollified.

    The Heritage of the Hills|Arthur P. Hankins
  • "I thought soldiers never indulged in such feelings," continued the unmollified Aunt Maria.

    Overland|John William De Forest
  • Percy coloured slightly, unmollified by being in the same boat with the satirist.



British Dictionary definitions for unmollified

mollify

/ (ˈmɒlɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to pacify; soothe
to lessen the harshness or severity of
Derived Formsmollifiable, adjectivemollification, nounmollifier, noun

Word Origin for mollify

C15: from Old French mollifier, via Late Latin, from Latin mollis soft + facere to make

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Word Origin and History for unmollified

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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