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palliate (ˈpælɪˌeɪt Pronunciation for palliate


verb (transitive)

  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

Derived Forms

ˌpalliˈation noun
ˈpalliˌator noun

Word Origin

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

Example Sentences Including 'palliate'

Talking `much of the East ', Disraeli seemed to Haydon `to be tinged with a disposition to palliate its infamous vices.
Christopher Hibbert DISRAELI: A Personal History (2004)
WEDNESDAY Concupiscence, palliate , febrile, incommode, perfidy.
Glasgow Herald (2001)


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