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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 mollify
  • 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.
  • Anne told herself the visit would mollify her boyfriend and she would be back home by midday.
  • That might be enough to mollify the politicians.
  • And mollify with pray'rs her haughty mind.
  • But the pact is unlikely to mollify the program's opponents.
  • But such victories are unlikely to mollify the judges.
  • This kind of activism is effective: even as the government tightens control, it also takes steps to mollify public concerns.
British Dictionary definitions for mollify


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 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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