When you apologize to someone who is really mad at you and they calm down a bit, this is an example ofmollify.
transitive verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
- to soothe the temper of; pacify; appease
- to make less intense, severe, or violent
Origin of mollifyMiddle English molifien, Middle French mollifier from Late Latin mollificare, to soften from Classical Latin mollis, soft ( from Indo-European an unverified form m?du-, soft from base an unverified form mel-, to crush from source mill) + facere, to make, do
transitive verbmol·li·fied, mol·li·fy·ing, mol·li·fies
- To calm the anger of; soothe or appease. See Synonyms at pacify.
- To lessen, as in intensity; assuage: a meeting to mollify concerns about traffic near the new school.
- Archaic To reduce the rigidity of; soften.
Origin of mollifyMiddle English mollifien from Old French mollifier from Late Latin mollificāre Latin mollis soft ; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots. -ficāre -fy
(third-person singular simple present mollifies, present participle mollifying, simple past and past participle mollified)
From Latin molliÅ (“soften, calm"), from mollis (“soft").