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Definitions for mollify
ˈmɒl əˌfaɪmol·li·fy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pacify, lenify, conciliate, assuage, appease, mollify, placate, gentle, gruntleverb

    cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

    "She managed to mollify the angry customer"

  2. temper, season, mollifyverb

    make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate

    "she tempered her criticism"

  3. mollifyverb

    make less rigid or softer


  1. mollifyverb

    To ease a burden; make less painful; to comfort

  2. mollifyverb

    To appease, pacify, gain the good will of.

  3. mollifyverb

    To soften; to make tender

  4. Etymology: From mollio, from mollis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Mollifyverb

    Etymology: mollio, Latin; mollir, Fr.

    Neither herb, nor mollifying plaister, restored them to health. Wisd. xvi. 12.

    Sores have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. Isa. i. 6.

    Thinking her silent imaginations began to work upon somewhat, to mollify them, as the nature of musick is to do, I took up my harp. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    He brought them to these savage parts,
    And with sweet science mollify’d their stubborn hearts. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    The crone, on the wedding-night, finding the knight’s aversion, speaks a good word for herself, in hope to mollify the sullen bridegroom. Dryden.

    They would, by yielding to some things, when they refused others, sooner prevail with the houses to mollify their demands, than at first to reform them. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Cowley thus paints Goliah: The valley, now, this monster seem’d to fill, And we, methought, look’d up to him from our hill; where the two words, seem’d and methought, have mollified the figure. John Dryden, State of Innocence. Pref. to his.


  1. mollify

    Mollify refers to the action of making someone less angry, upset, or hostile, usually by doing or saying something to appease or soothe them. It can also mean to lessen the severity of (pain or discomfort).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mollifyverb

    to soften; to make tender; to reduce the hardness, harshness, or asperity of; to qualify; as, to mollify the ground

  2. Mollifyverb

    to assuage, as pain or irritation, to appease, as excited feeling or passion; to pacify; to calm

  3. Etymology: [F. mollifier, L. mollificare; mollis soft + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Enmollient, Moil, v. t., and -fy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mollify

    mol′i-fī, v.t. to make soft or tender: to assuage: to calm or pacify:—pa.p. moll′ified.adjs. Moll′ient, serving to soften: assuaging; Moll′ifiable.—ns. Mollificā′tion, act of mollifying: state of being mollified: mitigation; Moll′ifier; Moll′ine, a base for ointments used in skin diseases, a soft soap mixed with excess of fat and glycerine.—adj. Mollipī′lose, having soft plumage.—n. Mollipilos′ity, fleecines, fluffiness.—adj. Mollit′ious, luxurious.—n. Moll′itude. [Fr.,—L. mollificāremollis, soft, facĕre, to make.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mollify in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mollify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mollify in a Sentence

  1. Adam Schiff:

    There is nothing to testify about. I think if President Donald Trump or President Donald Trump allies in the Senate persist it means they are not serious about what they are doing, what would I offer in terms of testimony that I heard Dr.( Fiona) Hill in open hearing say such and such ? That is not pertinent. The only reason for them to go through with this is to mollify President Donald Trump and that is not a good reason to try to call a member of Congress as a witness.

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