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mollify

[mol-uh-fahy] /ˈmɒl əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), mollified, mollifying.
1.
to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease.
2.
to mitigate or reduce; soften:
to mollify one's demands.
Origin of mollify
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French mollifier < Late Latin mollificāre, equivalent to Latin molli(s) soft + -ficāre -fy
Related forms
mollification, noun
mollifier, noun
mollifyingly, adverb
mollifiable, adjective
remollify, verb (used with object), remollified, remollifying.
unmollifiable, adjective
unmollified, adjective
unmollifying, adjective
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  • It is needless to add that the worthy provost was mollified, and that the little fellow was dismissed with an admonition.

    Scotch Wit and Humor W. H. (Walter Henry) Howe
  • That mollified her and she wrote me a note saying she was sorry she had written as she had.

    Ethics in Service William Howard Taft
  • It is hardly to be supposed that they were mollified by this assurance.

  • Mathilde was mollified, but she knew what was fitting, if the Princess did not.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I remained motionless and did not look at her, pretending to be absorbed in my book; but she refused to be mollified.

    In Nesting Time Olive Thorne Miller
  • mollified, he turned his attention once more to the littered bureau.

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand
  • Esther poured oil on the troubled waters; and Mrs. Murphy became so mollified she pressed Kenneth to stay to supper.

    The Angel of the Gila: Cora Marsland
  • Did he think her, like other girls, to be mollified by sugar-plums and sweet speeches?

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
  • He'd been made angry, then mollified, and now he felt tempted to grow angry again.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • Fiery lava, tempered and mollified by Time, has become kindly and amenable.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
British Dictionary definitions for mollified

mollify

/ˈmɒlɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to pacify; soothe
2.
to lessen the harshness or severity of
Derived Forms
mollifiable, adjective
mollification, noun
mollifier, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French mollifier, via Late Latin, from Latin mollis soft + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for mollified
adj.

1620s, past participle adjective from mollify.

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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