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palliate

[pal-ee-eyt] /ˈpæl iˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), palliated, palliating.
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.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Late Latin palliātus cloaked, covered. See pallium, -ate1
Related forms
palliation, noun
palliator, noun
nonpalliation, noun
unpalliated, adjective
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  • But medicine, as yet, has nothing to offer as a cure and precious little even for palliation.
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British Dictionary definitions for palliation

palliate

/ˈpælɪˌeɪt/
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
palliation, noun
palliator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin palliāre to cover up, from Latin pallium a cloak, pallium
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Word Origin and History for palliation

palliate

v.

"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.

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palliation in Medicine

palliate pal·li·ate (pāl'ē-āt')
v. pal·li·at·ed, pal·li·at·ing, pal·li·ates
To reduce the severity of; to relieve somewhat.

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