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Mul­lir and Mol­li­fy

The Span­ish mul­lir (“to soft­en”) comes from the Latin mol­lis, mean­ing, “soft.” From that same Latin root we get the Eng­lish… to mol­li­fy. To mol­li­fy in Eng­lish is usu­al­ly used in the sense of, “to ap­pease” — and it’s note­wor­thy that that ap­peas­ing IS soft­en­ing. You need to be strong to not ap­pease the bad guy, af­ter all.

The m‑ll root is clear­ly vis­i­ble in both words.


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