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[pal-ee-eyt] /ˈpæl iˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), palliated, palliating.
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
1540-50; < Late Latin palliātus cloaked, covered. See pallium, -ate1
Related forms
palliation, noun
palliator, noun
nonpalliation, noun
unpalliated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for palliate
  • Conversely, the custom of a glass of milk before bed may slightly palliate an impending hangover.
  • The primary goal is to help the patient and cure or palliate the disease.
  • It took a while before I could express myself well enough to palliate her wrath.
  • But it also behoves the world to admit that that is what it is bringing about, and not palliate the facts by finer words.
  • Do not palliate sins by euphemisms.
  • It was not to palliate his crimes.
  • To speak outright; not to palliate or gloss over the matter.
  • Less shame a greater fault would palliate.
  • We don't need cosmetics to palliate these mistakes.
  • At the very best, he might midly palliate some of the recessionary pain.
British Dictionary definitions for palliate


verb (transitive)
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
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 palliate

"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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palliate 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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