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mollify

mol·li·fy

mollify

 
pronunciation:
ma lih faI
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: mollified, mollifies, mollifying
definition 1: to ease or soothe the anger or emotion of; make calmer; appease.
They knew their mother was angry about the mud on the carpet, and they tried to mollify her by offering to wash the dog.
synonyms:
appease, calm, pacify, placate, soothe
antonyms:
enrage, exasperate
similar words:
allay, alleviate, assuage, conciliate, disarm, ease, gentle, lull, palliate, tranquilize
definition 2: to lessen the violence, harshness, or intensity of; temper.
synonyms:
abate, blunt, mitigate, moderate, modify, temper, tone down
antonyms:
stir
similar words:
allay, alleviate, appease, assuage, dull, ease, lessen, lighten, lower, palliate, reduce, relax, smooth, soften, soothe, subdue
definition 3: to lessen the rigidity of; soften.
synonyms:
relax, slacken, soften
similar words:
allay, loosen
derivations: mollification (n.), mollifier (n.)