• Mollify


    • IPA: /ˈmɑːlɪfaɪ/

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    From Latin molliō ("soften, calm"), from mollis ("soft").

    Full definition of mollify


    1. To ease a burden; make less painful; to comfort
    2. To appease, pacify, gain the good will of.
      • 1867, Charles Dickens, , chapter 2:Although this invitation was accompanied with a curtsey that might have softened the heart of a church-warden, it by no means mollified the beadle.
      • 1916, L. Frank Baum, , chapter 5:The angry goat was quite mollified by the respectful tone in which he was addressed.
    3. To soften; to make tender
      • 1662, Henry More, , Book III, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, p. 113:"Nor is it any more difficulty for him to mollifie what is hard, then it is to harden what is so soft and fluid as the Aire."


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