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.

1540–50; < Late Latin palliātus cloaked, covered. See pallium, -ate1

palliation, noun
palliator, noun
nonpalliation, noun
unpalliated, adjective Unabridged
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palliate (ˈpælɪˌeɪt)
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
[C16: from Late Latin palliāre to cover up, from Latin pallium a cloak, pallium]

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Word Origin & History

"to alleviate without curing," 1540s, from M.L. palliatus, lit. "cloaked," from pp. of L.L. palliare "cover with a cloak, conceal," from L. pallium "cloak" (see pall (n.)).
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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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Example sentences
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.
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