Simple Definition of mollify
: to make (someone) less angry : to calm (someone) down
Full Definition of mollify
Examples of mollify
He tried to mollify his critics with an apology.
All attempts to mollify the extremists have failed.
The landlord fixed the heat, but the tenants still were not mollified.
Origin 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
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MOLLIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of mollify
: to soothe in temper or disposition
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