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palliate

[ pal-ee-eyt ]

verb (used with object)

, pal·li·at·ed, pal·li·at·ing.
  1. to relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate.
  2. to try to mitigate or conceal the gravity of (an offense) by excuses, apologies, etc.; extenuate.


palliate

/ ˈpælɪˌeɪt /

verb

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


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Derived Forms

  • ˌpalliˈation, noun
  • ˈpalliˌator, noun

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Other Words From

  • pal·li·a·tion [pal-ee-, ey, -sh, uh, n], noun
  • pal·li·a·tor noun
  • un·pal·li·at·ed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of palliate1

First recorded in 1540–50, palliate is from the Late Latin word palliātus cloaked, covered. See pallium, -ate 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of palliate1

C16: from Late Latin palliāre to cover up, from Latin pallium a cloak, pallium

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Example Sentences

For others, the choice instead is to palliate reality through alcohol or other assorted fixes.

A lawyer would try to defend, or palliate, my act from the standpoint of the law.

This was a political fault, which no circumstances can palliate.

Pulsatilla is the proper medicine to palliate and regulate the symptoms.

Later in the case, though Nux may palliate, it will not cure.

To palliate on such grounds is to believe in the irresponsibility of motives, which should transcend times and occasions.

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