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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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