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mollify

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verb mol·li·fy \ˈmä-lə-ˌfī\

Simple Definition of mollify

  • : to make (someone) less angry : to calm (someone) down

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mollify

mollified

mollifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to soothe in temper or disposition :  appease <mollified the staff with a raise>

  3. 2 :  to reduce the rigidity of :  soften

  4. 3 :  to reduce in intensity :  assuage, temper

  5. intransitive verb
  6. archaic :  soften, relent

mollification

play \ˌmä-lə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Examples of mollify in a sentence

  1. He tried to mollify his critics with an apology.

  2. All attempts to mollify the extremists have failed.

  3. The landlord fixed the heat, but the tenants still were not mollified.



Did You Know?

Mollify, "pacify," "appease," and "placate" all mean "to ease the anger or disturbance of," although each implies a slightly different way of pouring oil on troubled waters. "Pacify" suggests the restoration of a calm or peaceful state, while "appease" implies the quieting of insistent demands by making concessions; you can appease appetites and desires as well as persons. "Placate" is similar to "appease," but it often indicates a more complete transformation of bitterness to goodwill. "Mollify," with its root in Latin mollis, meaning "soft," implies soothing hurt feelings or anger.

Origin and Etymology of mollify

Middle English mollifien, from Middle French mollifier, from Late Latin mollificare, from Latin mollis soft; akin to Greek amaldynein to soften, Sanskrit mṛdu soft, and probably to Greek malakos soft, amblys dull, Old English meltan to melt


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of mollify

pacify, appease, placate, mollify, propitiate, conciliate mean to ease the anger or disturbance of. pacify suggests a soothing or calming <pacified by a sincere apology>. appease implies quieting insistent demands by making concessions <appease their territorial ambitions>. placate suggests changing resentment or bitterness to goodwill <a move to placate local opposition>. mollify implies soothing hurt feelings or rising anger <a speech that mollified the demonstrators>. propitiate implies averting anger or malevolence especially of a superior being <propitiated his parents by dressing up>. conciliate suggests ending an estrangement by persuasion, concession, or settling of differences <conciliating the belligerent nations>.

Rhymes with mollify

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MOLLIFY Defined for Kids

mollify

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verb mol·li·fy \ˈmä-lə-ˌfī\

Definition of mollify for Students

mollified

mollifying

  1. :  to soothe in temper or disposition





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