mollify

verb
mol·​li·​fy | \ ˈmä-lə-ˌfī How to pronounce mollify (audio) \
mollified; mollifying

Definition of mollify

transitive verb

1 : to soothe in temper or disposition : appease mollified the staff with a raise
2 : to reduce the rigidity of : soften Shaving cream mollifies the beard.
3 : to reduce in intensity : assuage, temper Time mollified his anger.

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Other Words from mollify

mollification \ ˌmä-​lə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce mollification (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

The Difference Between Mollify, Appease, and Placate

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.

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.
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Since then, officials in both departments have scrambled to find a way to restore the question in a manner that would satisfy the Supreme Court and mollify the president. Michael Wines, New York Times, "Trump Considering an Executive Order to Allow Citizenship Question on Census," 5 July 2019 Postponement of the bill has not mollified its opponents. Amy Gunia, Time, "Protesters Call for Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam to Step Down in the Wake of the Failed Extradition Bill," 16 June 2019 About 80% of Mexico’s exports go to the US, Reuters reports, and Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador seems eager to mollify Trump. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Mexico can’t afford to ignore Trump’s trade war," 2 June 2019 Newly published data on Tuesday mollified some fears about the U.S. economy, and U.S. stocks pared earlier losses following the releases. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Edge Lower as Investors Await Trade Signals," 5 Mar. 2019 Some applaud him for mollifying a president who has openly mused about firing Mueller. Peter Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "As Trump’s war on investigators grows, critics say stakes are high," 26 May 2018 After protests flared in July, officials promised to hire thousands of municipal employees, but the announcement only mollified Basra for a month, until the unrest started again this week. Fox News, "Iraqi city of Basra seethes over water crisis, unemployment," 10 Sep. 2018 Foreign politicians have demanded Israel not pass the law, and they have not been mollified by the removal of most of its disputed provisions. Eugene Kontorovich, WSJ, "Get Over It—Israel Is the Jewish State," 19 July 2018 In an attempt to mollify the environmental wing of his party, Mr. Macron on Tuesday set up a new independent council of scientists, economists and engineers charged with reviewing France’s climate policy. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "Macron Recommits to Fuel Tax Amid Rising Protests," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of mollify

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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mollify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mollify

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

mollify

verb
mol·​li·​fy | \ ˈmä-lə-ˌfī How to pronounce mollify (audio) \
mollified; mollifying

Kids Definition of mollify

: to soothe in temper or disposition

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