Simple Definition of mollify
: to make (someone) less angry : to calm (someone) down
Full Definition of mollify
Examples of mollify in a sentence
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.
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 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 for Students
: to soothe in temper or disposition
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