palliate

[pal-ee-eyt]
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:
1540–50; < Late Latin palliātus cloaked, covered. See pallium, -ate1

palliation, noun
palliator, noun
nonpalliation, noun
unpalliated, adjective
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palliate (ˈpælɪˌeɪt)
 
vb
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]
 
palli'ation
 
n
 
'palliator
 
n

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palliate
"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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But medicine, as yet, has nothing to offer as a cure and precious little even for palliation.
So far as the latter is true, it is the only palliation that can be offered for opposing the freedom of the ballot.
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