Definition of mollify in English:



  • 1 Appease the anger or anxiety of (someone)

    ‘nature reserves were set up around the power stations to mollify local conservationists’
    • ‘Most people have been mollified but there are still a few complainants left.’
    • ‘Brown was ready to mollify the union leaders, with whom he has a long and close association, with a pledge to continue the debate on the issue.’
    • ‘I felt slightly mollified by the fact that it hadn't all been my fault, although I was still flaming angry at Andrew for his sneaky, malicious trick.’
    • ‘I was mollified for the time being, and things resumed their tentative state of normality.’
    • ‘The driver was not mollified, not even a little bit.’
    • ‘I still think it'll be fascinating to see what rhetorical path she chooses to try and mollify her liberal fans.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘She looked slightly mollified by the compliment, but I could tell that it would be a long evening before my task was accomplished.’
    • ‘We'll probably just see a bunch of cosmetic amendments to mollify the rebels.’
    • ‘I made the introduction mostly to mollify the woman who looked like she'd rather shoot us than hear our story.’
    • ‘Her mother called in tears, and now Anna feels that she has to travel to Davis to mollify her.’
    • ‘I was fully mollified and feeling amiable towards him again.’
    • ‘Silver says customers were temporarily mollified when management put up signs warning of upcoming renovations.’
    • ‘Together, they were able to mollify workers and quietly implement the destruction of thousands of jobs.’
    • ‘‘She's right Chris, don't look so put out, ’Betty said, attempting to mollify Chris.’
    • ‘She then gave me a cute, shy little smile, completely unaware that her doing that alone was enough to mollify me.’
    • ‘There are serious flaws to the agreement that prevent it from being anything more than a feel-good measure designed to mollify the Green Party.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Government's assurances failed to mollify opponents, who say people are already leaving university with debts of £20,000 or more.’
    • ‘My feeling is that he will leave, though good results could yet mollify him.’
    appease, placate, pacify, conciliate, humour, soothe, calm, calm down, still, quieten, propitiate
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    1. 1.1rare Reduce the severity of (something); soften.
      • ‘You'd have the satisfaction of a slightly mollified rejection.’
      • ‘It was a so-so show - certainly not enough to mollify the effects of standing in a freezing queue for 40 minutes.’
      • ‘The OED records uses of supple as a transitive verb, meaning ‘to soften or mollify a wound,’ from 1526 to 1688.’
      • ‘This need to construct and utilise language in such a way that it cannot be taken as offensive… well, I really never understood the need to mollify language.’
      • ‘Realising he has raised a red rag, he mollifies his provocative stance.’
      • ‘Part of the aim was to contain worthy claims being made by popular movements, to mollify demands for bread and votes with food for the spirit.’
      • ‘The tranquil uses of red and orange brickwork, with their auburn hedges, mollify the harshness of the sky above Pissarro's characteristically low horizon.’
      • ‘Forget the friendly bear-hugs and the shaking of hands on the podiums, forget the barbed criticisms mollified by kind words.’
      • ‘The ideals of the steel will and the will to power are mollified by the self-effacing faith that we're basically decent.’
      • ‘Domestic space functions in a similar fashion in East and West - it is a concession granted to the worker/consumer to mollify exploitation.’
      • ‘The economist's not so Grand Experiment - while thus far mollifying economic adjustment - has acted significantly to exacerbate financial and speculative excess.’
      • ‘Even when accepted by the establishment, any artist worth his/her salt can't mollify normative ideas, for to do so makes art invisible.’
      • ‘He has a remarkable ability to grasp sports politics and to mollify fury; he did so last year when his position was under attack, and came out smiling.’
      • ‘Such arguments merely aim at mollifying criticism.’
      • ‘Rather than opposing free trade, they're trying to mollify its effects and work out how we can live with it.’
      • ‘Though attempts were made from time to time to mollify nationalistic sentiments, most were cursory and lacked substance.’
      allay, assuage, alleviate, mitigate, ease, lessen, reduce, moderate, lull, temper, tone down, cushion, quell, soften, blunt
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Late Middle English (also in the sense make soft or supple): from French mollifier or Latin mollificare, from mollis soft.