Definition of mollify
mollificationplay \ˌmä-lə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
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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 and Etymology of mollify
Middle English mollifien, from Medieval 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
MOLLIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mollify for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) less angry : to calm (someone) down
MOLLIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of mollify for Students
: to soothe in temper or disposition
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