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Definition of MOLLIFY

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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, harshness, or asperity of; to qualify; as, to mollify the ground. [1913 Webster]

              With sweet science mollified their stubborn hearts.
                                                    --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     2. To assuage, as pain or irritation, to appease, as excited feeling or passion; to pacify; to calm. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

89 Moby Thesaurus words for "mollify":
     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 out, fluff, foment, gentle, give relief, hush, knead, laxate, lay, lay the dust, lessen, lighten, limber, limber up, loosen, lull, mash, massage, mellow, milden, mitigate, numb, pacify, pad, palliate, placate, plump, poultice, pour balm into, pour balm on, pour oil on, propitiate, pulp, quell, quiet, reduce, relax, relieve, rest, rock, rock to sleep, salve, shake up, slacken, slake, smash, smooth, smooth down, smooth over, smoothen, soften, soften up, soothe, squash, stabilize, steady, still, stupe, subdue, supple, sweeten, temper, tenderize, tone down, tranquilize, tune down

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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