- 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
Related Words for palliatelessen, relieve, soften, soothe, disguise, whiten, allay, varnish, ease, hide, sugarcoat, assuage, mask, camouflage, mollify, white, moderate, screen, veneer, exculpate
Examples from the Web for palliate
Historical Examples of palliate
This expedient to palliate my folly was thought of—but not by me.Some Reminiscences
We have no wish to palliate any act of Calvin's which is manifestly wrong.Fox's Book of Martyrs
There was even a palpable deficiency in Henrys claim, which no art could palliate.King Henry the Fifth
This was a political fault, which no circumstances can palliate.Memoirs of the Courts and Cabinets of George the Third
The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
There are things which cannot be extenuated however we may try to palliate them.The Coming Conquest of England
- 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
Word Origin for palliate
"alleviate without curing," early 15c., from Medieval Latin palliatus, literally "cloaked," from past participle of Late Latin palliare "cover with a cloak, conceal," from Latin pallium "cloak" (see pall (n.)). Related: Palliated; palliating; palliation.
- To reduce the severity of; to relieve somewhat.