mol|li|fy [ˈmɔlıfaı US ˈma:-] v past tense and past participle mollified present participle mollifying third person singular mollifies [T] formal
[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: mollifier, from Late Latin mollificare, from Latin mollis 'soft']
to make someone feel less angry and upset about something
= ↑placate
A policewoman attempted to mollify her.
Nature reserves were set up around new power stations to mollify local conservationists.

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  • Mollify — Mol li*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mollified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mollifying}.] [F. mollifier, L. mollificare; mollis soft + ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Enmollient}, {Moil}, v. t., and { fy}.] 1. To soften; to make tender; to reduce the hardness,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mollify — (v.) late 14c., to soften (a substance), from O.Fr. mollifier or directly from L.L. mollificare make soft, mollify from mollificus softening, from L. mollis soft (see MELT (Cf. melt) (v.)) + root of facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • mollify — I verb abate, allay, alleviate, ameliorate, appease, assuage, attemper, blunt, calm, check, compose, conciliate, cool, curb, deaden, decrease, diminish, dulcify, dull, ease, give relief, hush, improve, lenire, lessen, lull, make better, mediate,… …   Law dictionary

  • mollify — appease, placate, *pacify, propitiate, conciliate Analogous words: *relieve, allay, mitigate, lighten: *moderate, temper, qualify: abate, lessen, reduce, *decrease Antonyms: exasperate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mollify — [v] pacify, soothe abate, allay, alleviate, ameliorate, appease, assuage, blunt, calm, compose, conciliate, cool, cushion, decrease, diminish, dulcify, ease, fix up, lessen, lighten, lull, mellow, mitigate, moderate, modify, pacify, patch things… …   New thesaurus

  • mollify — ► VERB (mollifies, mollified) 1) appease the anger or anxiety of. 2) reduce the severity of. DERIVATIVES mollification noun. ORIGIN from Latin mollis soft …   English terms dictionary

  • mollify — [mäl′ə fī΄] vt. mollified, mollifying [ME molifien, MFr mollifier < LL mollificare, to soften < L mollis, soft (< IE * mḷdu , soft < base * mel , to crush > MILL1) + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to soothe the temper of; pacify; appease …   English World dictionary

  • mollify — [[t]mɒ̱lɪfaɪ[/t]] mollifies, mollifying, mollified VERB If you mollify someone, you do or say something to make them less upset or angry. [FORMAL] [V n] The investigation was undertaken primarily to mollify pressure groups. Syn: placate Derived… …   English dictionary

  • mollify — UK [ˈmɒlɪfaɪ] / US [ˈmɑləˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms mollify : present tense I/you/we/they mollify he/she/it mollifies present participle mollifying past tense mollified past participle mollified formal to make someone feel less angry or… …   English dictionary

  • mollify — mollification, n. mollifier, n. mollifyingly, adv. mollifiable, adj. /mol euh fuy /, v.t., mollified, mollifying. 1. to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease. 2. to mitigate or reduce; soften: to mollify one s demands …   Universalium

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