Synonyms of 'soften someone up'
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If you conciliate someone, you try to end a disagreement with them.
His duty was to conciliate the people, not to provoke them.
If a person or their behaviour disarms you, they cause you to feel less angry, hostile, or critical towards them.
She did her best to disarm her critics.
Thesaurus for soften someone up from the Collins English Thesaurus