from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To calm the anger of; soothe or appease. synonym: pacify.
  • transitive verb To lessen, as in intensity; assuage.
  • transitive verb Archaic To reduce the rigidity of; soften.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To soften; to make tender; to reduce the hardness, harshness, or asperity of; to qualify.
  • transitive verb To assuage, as pain or irritation, to appease, as excited feeling or passion; to pacify; to calm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To ease a burden; make less painful; to comfort
  • verb To appease, pacify, gain the good will of.
  • verb To soften; to make tender

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate
  • verb make less rigid or softer
  • verb cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English mollifien, from Old French mollifier, from Late Latin mollificāre : Latin mollis, soft; see mel- in Indo-European roots + -ficāre, -fy.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin molliō ("soften, calm"), from mollis ("soft").



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