mollify

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From Latin molliō (soften, calm), from mollis (soft).

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mollify (third-person singular simple present mollifies, present participle mollifying, simple past and past participle mollified)

  1. To ease a burden; make less painful; to comfort
  2. To appease, pacify, gain the good will of.
    • 1867, Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, chapter 2:
      Although this invitation was accompanied with a curtsey that might have softened the heart of a church-warden, it by no means mollified the beadle.
    • 1916, L. Frank Baum, Rinkitink in Oz, chapter 5:
      The angry goat was quite mollified by the respectful tone in which he was addressed.
  3. To soften; to make tender
    • 1662, Henry More, An Antidote Against Atheism, Book III, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, p. 113:
      "Nor is it any more difficulty for him to mollifie what is hard, then it is to harden what is so soft and fluid as the Aire."

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