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- To ease a burden, particularly worry; make less painful; to comfort.
- 1997, A Government Reinvented: A Study of Alberta's Deficit Elimination Program,, page 408:
- The draft Charter School Handbook issued in November 1994 sought to mollify concerns over teacher quality, if not ATA membership, by requiring teacher certification.
- To appease (anger), pacify, gain the good will of.
- 1964 July, “News and Comment: Dr. B. beards Scots in their lair”, in Modern Railways, page 15:
- There were no honeyed words from Dr. Beeching to mollify Scottish feeling on rail service closures during his one-day visit in May.
- 2016 January 31, “Is Huma Abedin Hillary Clinton’s Secret Weapon or Her Next Big Problem?”, in Vanity Fair, retrieved 21 January 2016:
- But these answers did not mollify Grassley. Specifically, he objected to Abedin’s becoming an S.G.E., because he believed she provided no irreplaceable expertise and therefore her designation as one had violated Congress’s intent when it created the program, in 1962.
- To soften; to make tender
- (to ease a burden): assuage, calm, comfort, mitigate, soothe
- (to appease): appease, conciliate, pacify, placate, propitiate, satisfy
- (to soften): soften, soften up, tenderize, temper, anneal, deharden, distemper
- See also Thesaurus:calm
to ease a burden