mollify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mollify make less rigid or softer
    • v mollify make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate "she tempered her criticism"
    • v mollify cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of "She managed to mollify the angry customer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mollify To assuage, as pain or irritation, to appease, as excited feeling or passion; to pacify; to calm.
    • Mollify To soften; to make tender; to reduce the hardness, harshness, or asperity of; to qualify; as, to mollify the ground. "With sweet science mollified their stubborn hearts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mollify To soften; make soft or tender.
    • mollify To soothe; mitigate; appease; pacify; calm or quiet.
    • mollify To make less harsh; qualify; tone down; moderate; abate.
    • mollify To induce or incline by making tender.
    • mollify Synonyms and To mitigate, ease, moderate.
    • mollify To soothe, quiet.
    • mollify To become soft or tender.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Mollify mol′i-fī to make soft or tender: to assuage: to calm or pacify
    • pa.p Mollify moll′ified
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mollifier, L. mollificare,; mollis, soft + -ficare,in comp.) to make. See Enmollient Moil (v. t.), and -fy

Usage

In literature:

Cook, however, was mollified by Rosamund's sweet face, and an excellent supper was packed in a hamper.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
Greatly mollified, the other invited him into the house, and set before his guest a substantial meal.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
The boys who bully him will mollify toward him and accept his pie and sweetmeats.
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
Civilisation has extended its mollifying influence, even to the professional robber.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
Blanche in a slightly mollified tone.
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
That mollified Lily a little.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
He may not be pleased, but he should be mollified.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
The fact that Mr. Redmond could, had he chosen to do so, have sat in the same Cabinet with Sir Edward Carson had no mollifying influence.
"Six days of the Irish Republic" by Louis Redmond-Howard
Experience was not greatly mollifying Sewall's opinion of the region in which his lot had been cast.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
Mr. Cato was mollified.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin
March was mollified, however, when the girl suggested that his pillow seemed uncomfortable, and rose to adjust it with tender care.
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
This did mollifie their minds, and bring things to a good & comfortable issue in y^e end.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
But the people were not mollified; they resented Mr. Heathcote's manner as well as his dress.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
The great man looked mollified.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
All we could say to mollify the cruelty of the Chinese ambassador was unavailing.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
Aspenick was not mollified by this tactful reference to his long descent.
"The Great Miss Driver" by Anthony Hope
She began to ask a dozen questions of us in a greatly mollified voice.
"The Wayfarers" by J. C. Snaith
But then, after that, had come Miss Bodkin's frequent invitations to Rhoda, which had greatly mollified the old man.
"A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3)" by Frances Eleanor Trollope
My rising wrath at being kept so entirely in the dark was somewhat mollified by finding her as ignorant as myself.
"Cora and The Doctor" by Harriette Newell Baker
The scribe, thus mollified, acknowledged to her every thing.
"Voltaire's Romances" by François-Marie Arouet
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In poetry:

Oh Book! infinite sweetnesse! let my heart
Suck ev'ry letter, and a hony gain,
Precious for any grief in any part;
To cleare the breast, to mollifie all pain.
"The Holy Scriptures" by George Herbert
They mollify the bald moon.
Nun-souled, they burn heavenward and never marry.
The eyes of the child I nurse are scarcely open.
In twenty years I shall be retrograde
As these drafty ephemerids.
"Candles" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Justin Trudeau apology, in advance of byelection, fails to mollify Conservatives.
New Guidance Doesn't Mollify FCPA Critics, but Offers Cheat Sheet for Playing Fair.
Release of 2011 taxes unlikely to mollify Romney critics.
To soothe or mollify especially by concession: to calm the anger or bitterness of.
In exactly a reverse way, animal proteins and fats (and some vegetable fats) bind to tannin in red wine, mollify the tannin 's astringency and, as it's put, "soften the wine".
Why so many Muslims deeply resent the West, and why their bitterness will not easily be mollified.
Ambassador Susan Rice concession on Libya fails to mollify 3 in GOP.
Former critics of Humane Society mollified by external audit.
Obama's ' fig -leaf' compromise on contraception won't mollify conservatives.
Rice failing to mollify GOP senators.
I'm talking about the junk food that's a recurrent motif in TNT's hit drama The Closer-a fast-paced, woman-centered police procedural that may mollify Prime Suspect addicts while they're waiting for Helen Mirren to fall back into line.
The only noncloser reliever to make the team was Aaron Crow of the Kansas City Royals, due to MLB's mollifying rule that all teams must be represented.
Sweeping Reforms n Significant changes made to a highly-criticized program, often announced in a press conference designed in part to mollify public outrage.
To mollify those upset over the walkway 's destruction, the bridge district has planned three ways to preserve its memory.
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In science:

On the other hand, we can always mollify this problem by restricting it to smaller and smaller classes of large cardinals.
Large Cardinals and Definable Well-Orderings of the Universe
Guralnik, Mollifying Quantum Field Theory or Lattice QFT in Minkowski Spacetime and Symmetry Breaking, 〈arXiv:hep-lat/0602013〉. G. S.
Complex Path Integrals and the Space of Theories
With hopes of mollifying those who might otherwise be put off by the algebraic formalism of parts of , we drop the semigroupoid structure (or rather, work with a trivial case).
Test Functions, Kernels, Realizations and Interpolation
This property does no longer hold under nonlinear model dynamics and it makes sense to “mollify” the discontinuous analysis adjustments as, for example, achieved by the popular IAU technique (Bloom et al., 1996).
A mollified Ensemble Kalman filter
Euclidean norm mollified EnKFEnKFEnKF with IAU Figure 5: Same as Fig. 3 except that the coupling strength is set to δ = 0.5.
A mollified Ensemble Kalman filter
To prove Theorem 4.1, the first idea would be to mollify the equation.
The Cauchy Problem for Wave Equations with NonLipschitz Coefficients
Instead, the idea is to write the equation as a system (2.16) for (u, v) and mollify this system.
The Cauchy Problem for Wave Equations with NonLipschitz Coefficients
We mollify u and v and introduce, for ε > 0, vε = Jεv with J ε = (1 − ε∆x )−1 .
The Cauchy Problem for Wave Equations with NonLipschitz Coefficients
We wish to mollify φ and use it as a test function in the weak form of (3.4).
Kinetic decomposition for periodic homogenization problems
Then we can mollify the component of V parallel to ∪∂Bi , and take the resulting function as the normal component of Vm , thereby easily verifying (3.3) too.
An integrability result for $L^p$-vectorfields in the plane
We refrain from attempting to prove our result with such uniformity as this would be an overly complicated method to prove non-vanishing compared to the standard mollifying argument.
Lower bounds for small fractional moments of Dirichlet $L$-functions
One can for example first mollify ω in x and the mollified function is smooth in both x and t.
Local-in-space estimates near initial time for weak solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations and forward self-similar solutions
We are grateful to the referee for raising this issue. 13 Such sequences are easily obtained by mollifying ρ, cf.
Quantum inequalities and `quantum interest' as eigenvalue problems
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