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mollesco , ĕre,
I.v. inch. n. [molleo], to become soft, to soften (poet. and in post-Aug. prose; cf. liquesco).
II. Trop.
1. To become soft, mild, or gentle: “tum genus humanum primum mollescere coepit,Lucr. 5, 1014: “pectora,Ov. P. 1, 6, 8.—
2. To become effeminate, unmanly: “mollescat in undis,Ov. M. 4, 386: “ne forte mollescat cor vestrum,Vulg. Jer. 51, 46.
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