AskDefine | Define mollify

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1 cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; "She managed to mollify the angry customer" [syn: pacify, lenify, conciliate, assuage, appease, placate, gentle, gruntle]
2 make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate; "she tempered her criticism" [syn: temper, season]
3 make less rigid or softer [also: mollified]

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  • /ˈmɑːlɪfaɪ/


  1. To ease a burden; make less painful; to comfort
  2. To appease, gain the good will of.



  • 1867 — Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 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, Ch. 5
    The angry goat was quite mollified by the respectful tone in which he was addressed.


to ease a burden
to appease

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