from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To calm in temper or feeling; soothe. See Synonyms at pacify.
- transitive v. To lessen in intensity; temper.
- transitive v. To reduce the rigidity of; soften.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To ease a burden; make less painful; to comfort
- v. To appease, pacify, gain the good will of.
- v. To soften; to make tender
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To soften; to make tender; to reduce the hardness, harshness, or asperity of; to qualify.
- transitive v. To assuage, as pain or irritation, to appease, as excited feeling or passion; to pacify; to calm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To soften; make soft or tender.
- To soothe; mitigate; appease; pacify; calm or quiet.
- To make less harsh; qualify; tone down; moderate; abate.
- To induce or incline by making tender.
- Synonyms and To mitigate, ease, moderate.
- To soothe, quiet.
- To become soft or tender.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate
- v. make less rigid or softer
- v. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
Middle English mollifien, from Old French mollifier, from Late Latin mollificāre : Latin mollis, soft; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots + -ficāre, -fy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin molliō ("soften, calm"), from mollis ("soft"). (Wiktionary)