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Mar 23, 2022
This week’s theme
Verbs

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rusticate
flagellate
mollify
quillet
fleer

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mollify

PRONUNCIATION:
(MOL-uh-fy)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To pacify or appease.
2. To soften or reduce, as in intensity.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin mollis (soft). Earliest documented use: 1425.

USAGE:
“Mr. Gordhan is not mollified. The apology, he wrote in a newspaper article, did not go far enough.”
Global Firms and the Gupta Connection; The Economist (London, UK); Dec 8, 2017.

See more usage examples of mollify in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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