The Closing Word: Mollify

The Closing Word: MollifyThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (MALL-if-eye)

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

From “Mollify comes from the Latin mollificare to “make soft,” and that’s still at the heart the word. Unlike the sharp sounds of antagonize, there are only soft sounds in this word that means to make someone feel soft and cuddly.”

“The closing credits were designed to mollify the buyer once the home inspection report came back with several significant issues.”


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