Definition of mollify in English:


Syllabification: mol·li·fy
Pronunciation: /ˈmäləˌfī

verb (mollifies, mollifying, mollified)

[with object]
  • 1Appease the anger or anxiety of (someone): nature reserves were set up around the power stations to mollify local conservationists
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    • My feeling is that he will leave, though good results could yet mollify him.
    • The spider plants I placed all round the house after reading about the NASA research on toxin absorption do not seem to have mollified her.
    • I've had nephews break things, and the parents were very apologetic and took full responsibility (and that's all it took, an apology, to mollify us).
  • 1.1 rare Reduce the severity of (something); soften.
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    • The OED records uses of supple as a transitive verb, meaning ‘to soften or mollify a wound,’ from 1526 to 1688.
    • The tranquil uses of red and orange brickwork, with their auburn hedges, mollify the harshness of the sky above Pissarro's characteristically low horizon.
    • Domestic space functions in a similar fashion in East and West - it is a concession granted to the worker/consumer to mollify exploitation.
    allay, assuage, alleviate, mitigate, ease, reduce, moderate, temper, tone down, soften
    informal blunt



Pronunciation: /ˌmäləfəˈkāSHən/
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  • It brings us back to the heightened state of narcissistic injury, which brooks no logic, reason or mollification.
  • Many feminists have argued that this particular crime has long been viewed as a ‘bounty’ of war and a means of ‘troop mollification.’
  • Despite Berlin's prompt denials and attempts at mollification, he has opened up a veritable Pandora's box that cannot be closed again.




late Middle English (also in the sense 'make soft or supple'): from French mollifier or Latin mollificare, from mollis 'soft'.

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