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mollycoddle

Syllabification: mol·ly·cod·dle
Pronunciation: /ˈmälēˌkädl
 
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Definition of mollycoddle in English:

verb

[with object]
Treat (someone) very indulgently or protectively.
Example sentences
  • The temptation to mollycoddle people who are unable to deal with insulting challenges to themselves or their beliefs is very strong.
  • He wrote that the function of fantasy was ‘consolation’, thereby making it an article of policy that a fantasy writer should mollycoddle the reader.
  • Following the successful implementation of the smoking ban in enclosed public places, they have devised a plan to mollycoddle us into wellness.
Synonyms

noun

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An effeminate or ineffectual man or boy; a milksop.
Example sentences
  • He wants nothing to do with such mollycoddles!
  • He agrees with me, and he's no mollycoddle in the critical ring.

Origin

mid 19th century: from molly 'girl or prostitute' (see moll) + coddle.

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