And perhaps most important, to deflect criticism and mollify opponents with politesse and wit.
Obama moved to mollify them, although how well it worked is unclear; both Dunn and Romer have since left the administration.
Meanwhile, on Friday, Holder made a round of calls to Capitol Hill in an attempt to mollify concerned lawmakers.
Even allowing for the political need to mollify and assuage, that level of certainty should raise alarms.
This attempt to push an “Ummah” is the politics of ideologues of puritanical Islam who want to mollify dissent.
Conscious they deserved a scolding, they sent Josephine down first to mollify.
At first I had been suspicious; it might have been put on to mollify me.
T is for thee to carry the honey-bag to mollify the stings my naughty tongue must aye inflict.
The boys who bully him will mollify towards him, and accept his pie and sweetmeats.
For the purpose of his letter is to mollify the displeasure of Cn.
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.