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mollify

[mol-uh-fahy] /ˈmɒl əˌfaɪ/
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
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
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British Dictionary definitions for remollify

mollify

/ˈmɒlɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to pacify; soothe
2.
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 remollify

mollify

v.

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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