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ē-mollĭo , ii, ītum, 4, v. a., make soft, to soften (perh. not ante-Aug.).
B. Transf.: “colores,to soften, make more delicate, Plin. 35, 17, 57, § 198.—
II. Trop.
A. In a good sense, to make mild or gentle, to mollify: “mores,Ov. P. 2, 9, 48: “severa praecepta,Aur. Vict. Epit. 48.—
B. In a bad sense, to enervate, render effeminate: “exercitum (Capua),Liv. 27, 3; cf. id. 38, 49; Tac. H. 3, 2; id. Agr. 11: “emollit gentes clementia caeli,Luc. 8, 565: “auctoritatem principis,to weaken, Aur. Vict. Epit. 1.
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