Synonyms & Antonyms of mollycoddle

to treat with great or excessive care
  • refused to mollycoddle her malingering son and sent him off to school

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How does the verb mollycoddle contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of mollycoddle are baby, humor, indulge, pamper, and spoil. While all these words mean "to show undue favor to a person's desires and feelings," mollycoddle suggests an excessive degree of care and attention to another's health or welfare.

refused to mollycoddle her malingering son

In what contexts can baby take the place of mollycoddle?

The synonyms baby and mollycoddle are sometimes interchangeable, but baby suggests excessive care, attention, or solicitude.

babying students by grading too easily

When would humor be a good substitute for mollycoddle?

While in some cases nearly identical to mollycoddle, humor stresses a yielding to a person's moods or whims.

humored him by letting him tell the story

When might indulge be a better fit than mollycoddle?

In some situations, the words indulge and mollycoddle are roughly equivalent. However, indulge implies excessive compliance and weakness in gratifying another's or one's own desires.

indulged myself with food at the slightest excuse

When can pamper be used instead of mollycoddle?

Although the words pamper and mollycoddle have much in common, pamper implies inordinate gratification of desire for luxury and comfort with consequent enervating effect.

pampered by the amenities of modern living

Where would spoil be a reasonable alternative to mollycoddle?

The meanings of spoil and mollycoddle largely overlap; however, spoil stresses the injurious effects on character by indulging or pampering.

foolish parents spoil their children

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The first known use of mollycoddle was in 1837

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“Mollycoddle.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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