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palliate  (ˈpælɪˌeɪt

Definitions

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

Synonyms

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= gloss over, cover, hide, excuse, conceal, lessen, cloak, minimize, varnish, whitewash (informal), extenuate, airbrush, paper over the cracks (informal)

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