To resolve differences, or to bring about a settlement, between conflicting parties.
To intervene between conflicting parties in order to resolve differences or bring about a settlement.
To divide into two equal parts.
To act as an intermediary causal or communicative agent; convey
Acting through a mediating agency.
* (Oliver Sacks)
Intermediate between extremes.
- Vygotsky saw the development of language and mental powers as neither learned, in the ordinary way, nor emerging epigenetically, but as being social and mediate in nature, as arising from the interaction of adult and child, and as internalizing the cultural instrument of language for the processes of thought.
Gained or effected by a medium or condition.
* Sir W. Hamilton
- (Francis Bacon)
- An act of mediate knowledge is complex.
To ease a burden, particularly worry; make less painful; to comfort.
* 1893 , (Henry George), The Condition of Labor: An Open Letter to Pope Leo XIII,
*:All that charity can do where injustice exists is here and there to somewhat mollify the effects of injustice.
* 1997 , A Government Reinvented: A Study of Alberta's Deficit Elimination Program,
*:The draft Charter School Handbook issued in November 1994 sought to mollify concerns over teacher quality, if not ATA membership, by requiring teacher certification.
To appease (anger), pacify, gain the good will of.
* 1867 , , chapter 2:
* 1916 , , chapter 5:
- Although this invitation was accompanied with a curtsey that might have softened the heart of a church-warden, it by no means mollified the beadle.
To soften; to make tender
* 1662 , , Book III, A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More, p. 113:
- The angry goat was quite mollified by the respectful tone in which he was addressed.
* 1724 , (William Burkitt), Expository Notes, with Practical Observations on the New Testament,
- "Nor is it any more difficulty for him to mollifie what is hard, then it is to harden what is so soft and fluid as the Aire."
*:By thy kindness thou wilt melt and mollify his spirit towards thee, as hardest metals are melted by coals of fire …
* (to ease a burden) assuage, calm, comfort, mitigate, soothe
* (to appease) appease, conciliate, pacify, placate, propitiate, satisfy
* See also