With such remarks did he try to palliate the effect of his apparent blunders.
This expedient to palliate my folly was thought of—but not by me.
But to palliate the true cause of detaining him, they answered, That they must first acquaint the Governour of India.
We have no wish to palliate any act of Calvin's which is manifestly wrong.
He might have been excused if he bore no good-will to one or other of us; but what could palliate his ingratitude to the Rooneys?
There was even a palpable deficiency in Henrys claim, which no art could palliate.
Without manufactures, without trade, without comfort to palliate such degradation, we were proclaimed converts to Utilitarianism.
There are things which cannot be extenuated however we may try to palliate them.
I might say something to show where you misjudge me—something that might palliate; but no, let it be.
He had been in his cups at the time but that did not palliate the offense.
"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.
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.