fac-, facil-, fact-, feas-, -feat, -fect, -feit, -facient, -faction, -fic-, -fy, -ficate, -fication

(Latin: to make, to do, to build, to cause, to produce; forming, shaping)

misfeasance (s) (noun), misfeasances (pl)
1. In law, the abuse of lawful authority in order to achieve a desired result.
2. An improper and unlawful execution of an act that in itself is lawful and proper.
1. A small change, alteration, adjustment, or limitation which is made to improve something or to make it more suitable.
2. In biology, any of the external changes in an organism that is caused by an environment or activity and not genetically transmitted to the offspring.
3. In linguistics, a change that takes place by a word that is borrowed from another language.
4. A phonological (sound) change of a word or morpheme when it is used in a construction; such as, the modification of will to 'll in I'll, we'll, they'll, she'll", etc.
1. Changed partially in form or character; altered.
2. Made less extreme, severe, or strong.
1. Someone or something which makes slight changes to something; especially, to improve it.
2. A word, phrase, or clause that limits or qualifies the sense of another word or word group.
1. A state of being appeased or ameliorated or tempered.
2. The act of appeasing someone or causing someone to be more favorably inclined.
3. To soften in feeling or temper, as a person; to pacify; to appease.
2. To mitigate or to reduce; to soften: "The supervisor tried to mollify the demands of his employees by offering them a raise."
1. Someone, or something, that softens the feeling or temper; such as, a person or people.
2. Anyone, or anything, that mitigates, softens, or reduces by pacification or appeasement.
mollify (verb), mollifies; mollified; mollifying
1. To calm in temper or feeling; to soothe and to pacify: Flowers did not mollify Jim's girlfriend who was still angry that he didn't remember her birthday the day before.
2. To reduce the rigidity of; to soften a situation or condition: The governor of the state tried to mollify his critics with apologies.
3. To cause to be more favorably inclined; to gain the good will of: The landlord fixed the heater, but the tenants still were not mollified.
4. Etymology: from Latin mollis, "soft" + , "to make"; literally, "to make soft" and so, "to make less angry or violent".
To appease and to calm someone.
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To soften in feeling or temper.
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Bringing or producing death; deadly, a cause of death.
Death-producing; deadly.
1. The death of a part of the body while the rest is living; gangrene, necrosis.
2. In religious use, the action of mortifying the flesh or its lusts. The subjection of one146;s appetites and passions by the practice of austere living, especially by the self-infliction of bodily pain or discomfort.
3. Something that causes a feeling of shame and humiliation caused by a disappointment, a rebuff or slight, or an untoward accident; the sense of disappointment or vexation.
mortified (adjective), more mortified, most mortified
Acutely or terribly embarrassed: Mary was completely humiliated and mortified when her skirt fell down during class!
Deeply embarrassed or humiliated.
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1. A reference to being humiliates or shames, as by injury to one's pride or self-respect.
2. Characterized by the subjugation of the body, passions, etc. with abstinence, ascetic discipline, or self-inflicted suffering.