mollify

  • 1 Mollify — Mol li*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mollified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mollifying}.] [F. mollifier, L. mollificare; mollis soft + ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Enmollient}, {Moil}, v. t., and { fy}.] 1. To soften; to make tender; to reduce the hardness,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 mollify — (v.) late 14c., to soften (a substance), from O.Fr. mollifier or directly from L.L. mollificare make soft, mollify from mollificus softening, from L. mollis soft (see MELT (Cf. melt) (v.)) + root of facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 mollify — I verb abate, allay, alleviate, ameliorate, appease, assuage, attemper, blunt, calm, check, compose, conciliate, cool, curb, deaden, decrease, diminish, dulcify, dull, ease, give relief, hush, improve, lenire, lessen, lull, make better, mediate,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 mollify — appease, placate, *pacify, propitiate, conciliate Analogous words: *relieve, allay, mitigate, lighten: *moderate, temper, qualify: abate, lessen, reduce, *decrease Antonyms: exasperate …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 mollify — [v] pacify, soothe abate, allay, alleviate, ameliorate, appease, assuage, blunt, calm, compose, conciliate, cool, cushion, decrease, diminish, dulcify, ease, fix up, lessen, lighten, lull, mellow, mitigate, moderate, modify, pacify, patch things… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 mollify — ► VERB (mollifies, mollified) 1) appease the anger or anxiety of. 2) reduce the severity of. DERIVATIVES mollification noun. ORIGIN from Latin mollis soft …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 mollify — [mäl′ə fī΄] vt. mollified, mollifying [ME molifien, MFr mollifier < LL mollificare, to soften < L mollis, soft (< IE * mḷdu , soft < base * mel , to crush > MILL1) + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to soothe the temper of; pacify; appease …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 mollify — mol|li|fy [ˈmɔlıfaı US ˈma: ] v past tense and past participle mollified present participle mollifying third person singular mollifies [T] formal [Date: 1400 1500; : French; Origin: mollifier, from Late Latin mollificare, from Latin mollis soft ] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 mollify — [[t]mɒ̱lɪfaɪ[/t]] mollifies, mollifying, mollified VERB If you mollify someone, you do or say something to make them less upset or angry. [FORMAL] [V n] The investigation was undertaken primarily to mollify pressure groups. Syn: placate Derived… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 mollify — UK [ˈmɒlɪfaɪ] / US [ˈmɑləˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms mollify : present tense I/you/we/they mollify he/she/it mollifies present participle mollifying past tense mollified past participle mollified formal to make someone feel less angry or… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 mollify — mollification, n. mollifier, n. mollifyingly, adv. mollifiable, adj. /mol euh fuy /, v.t., mollified, mollifying. 1. to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease. 2. to mitigate or reduce; soften: to mollify one s demands …

    Universalium

  • 12 mollify — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. placate, pacify, soothe, appease, calm; soften. See relief, softness. Ant., antagonize. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To quiet one who is angry] Syn. soothe, appease, calm; see pacify 1 , quiet 1 . 2. [To …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 mollify — mol|li|fy [ malə,faı ] verb transitive FORMAL to make someone feel less angry or upset: The move did not mollify his critics …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 mollify — verb 1) they tried to mollify the protesters Syn: appease, placate, pacify, conciliate, soothe, calm (down) See note at pacify Ant: enrage 2) mollifying the fears of the public …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 mollify — mol•li•fy [[t]ˈmɒl əˌfaɪ[/t]] v. t. fied, fy•ing 1) to soften in feeling or temper; pacify; appease 2) to mitigate; reduce: to mollify one s demands[/ex] • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < MF mollifier < LL mollificāre= L molli(s) soft + ficāre… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 mollify — verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English mollifien, from Middle French mollifier, from Late Latin mollificare, from Latin mollis soft; akin to Greek amaldynein to soften, Sanskrit mṛdu soft, and probably to Greek malakos soft, amblys dull,… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 mollify — verb /ˈmɑːlɪfaɪ/ a) To ease a burden; make less painful; to comfort 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. b) To appease …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 mollify — Synonyms and related words: abate, allay, alleviate, anesthetize, appease, assuage, benumb, calm, calm down, compose, conciliate, cool, cradle, cushion, deaden, deaden the pain, decrease, defuse, diminish, dulcify, dull, ease, ease matters, even… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 mollify — mol·li·fy || mÉ‘lɪfaɪ / mÉ’ v. calm, soften, pacify, relieve …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 mollify — [ mɒlɪfʌɪ] verb (mollifies, mollifying, mollified) appease the anger or anxiety of. ↘rare reduce the severity of; soften. Derivatives mollification noun mollifier noun Origin ME: from Fr. mollifier or …

    English new terms dictionary


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