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Monday, September 14, 2015

Definitions for mollify

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

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Citations for mollify mother would be dragged from unconsciousness, hoisting herself grimly out of bed, shuffling across the hall to mollify and soothe, while I slept through it all, conked out like a slug drowning in beer, evading the fallout from my crimes. Margaret Atwood, "The Headless Horseman," Moral Disorder and Other Stories, 2006
Linda was friendly on the first day and a few hours into the second, but then she turned her back, assumed the hostile air that could drive me insane. Not when it was only me subjected to it because I was used to this and knew how to counter it, but when others were. Then I had to step in, try to mollify Linda, try to mollify Yngve, and keep the channels open. Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle: Book Two: A Man in Love, translated by Don Bartlett, 2013
Origin of mollify
Mollify came to English at the time when Middle English was spoken. It finds its roots in the Latin mollificāre meaning "to make soft."