- 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 palliationcomfort, help, alleviation, rest, sustenance, satisfaction, abatement, cure, deliverance, happiness, appeasement, solace, ease, support, refreshment, balm, mitigation, amelioration, maintenance, assistance
Examples from the Web for palliation
Historical Examples of palliation
But what then can I plead for a palliation to myself of my mother's sufferings on my account?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
This was a dreadful state of affairs indeed, and one which admits of no palliation.Ridgeway
What had I to do but to try for a palliation of my confusion, since it served me not?Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
The prisoner felt that nothing could be said in palliation of this charge.A Waif of the Mountains
Edward S. Ellis
"She's pretty near all in," he said, in palliation of this action.They of the High Trails
- 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
Word Origin and History for palliation
"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.