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[mol-uh-fahy] /ˈmɒl əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), mollified, mollifying.
to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease.
to mitigate or reduce; soften:
to mollify one's demands.
Origin of mollify
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mollified
  • They're eventually mollified by the strains of the boy's music.
  • She seemed mollified by my explanation.
  • The administration's critics were not mollified.
  • In this way, you've hinted without exposing what you know and mollified your conscience without putting anything at risk.
  • But many of the privacy advocates attending the conference weren't mollified.
  • The sheep are wising up and are not as easily mollified.
  • They were only partly mollified.
  • The board was not mollified by the sob stories.
  • Local people were somewhat mollified.
  • When you yell at your dog for soiling the carpet and he cringes, you are probably mollified by his obvious regret.
British Dictionary definitions for mollified


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to pacify; soothe
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

1620s, past participle adjective from 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.

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