palliate

[ pal-ee-eyt ]
/ ˈpæl iˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), pal·li·at·ed, pal·li·at·ing.

to relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate.
to try to mitigate or conceal the gravity of (an offense) by excuses, apologies, etc.; extenuate.

Origin of palliate

First recorded in 1540–50, palliate is from the Late Latin word palliātus cloaked, covered. See pallium, -ate1

Related forms

pal·li·a·tion, nounpal·li·a·tor, nounnon·pal·li·a·tion, nounun·pal·li·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for palliate

palliate

/ (ˈpælɪˌeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to lessen the severity of (pain, disease, etc) without curing or removing; alleviate; mitigate
to cause (an offence) to seem less serious by concealing evidence; extenuate

Derived Forms

palliation, nounpalliator, noun

Word Origin for palliate

C16: from Late Latin palliāre to cover up, from Latin pallium a cloak, pallium
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Medicine definitions for palliate

palliate

[ pălē-āt′ ]

v.

To reduce the severity of; to relieve somewhat.
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