(comparative more mollitious, superlative most mollitious)
- c1644, Francis Quarles, “The Lascivious Man. His Heaven.”, in Judgment and Mercy for Afflicted Souls: Or, Meditations, Soliloquies, and Prayers. New Ed., with a Biographical and Critical Introduction by Reginalde Wolfe, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, published 1807, page 111:
- Can lusty diet, and mollicious rest, bring forth no other fruits but faint desires, rigid thoughts, and phlegmatic conceits?
- 1840, Robert Browning, “Book The Third”, in Sordello, London: Edward Moxon, page 92:
- And here in snowy birdskin robes they are, Sordello, here, mollitious alcoves gilt Superb as Byzant-domes that devils built — Ah, Byzant, there again !
From Latin mollities (“mollitiēs”) + English -ous.