mollify

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

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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mollify (ˈmɒlɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to pacify; soothe
2.  to lessen the harshness or severity of
 
[C15: from Old French mollifier, via Late Latin, from Latin mollis soft + facere to make]
 
'mollifiable
 
adj
 
mollifi'cation
 
n
 
'mollifier
 
n

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mollify
late 14c., "to soften (a substance)," from O.Fr. mollifier, from L. mollificare "make soft, mollify" from mollificus "softening," from L. mollis "soft" + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Transferred sense of "soften in temper, appease, pacify" is recorded from early 15c.
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Example sentences
If nothing else, it may mollify their concerns for awhile.
You have no shareholders or paying customers to mollify.
They needed to mollify an actor and his agent.
The arts center has taken several steps to mollify critics.
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