Word of the Day
Friday, July 07, 2000

Definitions for palliate

  1. To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate.
  2. To make less severe or intense; mitigate.
  3. To relieve the symptoms of a disease or disorder.

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Citations for palliate
I had held a hope that she would take my class, that I would have the chance not only to cope with but to help palliate her pain. Steven Polansky, Harper's Magazine
He was widely praised in both East and West as a humanitarian seeking to palliate the excesses of a cruel regime. Joseph Finder, New York Times
Origin of palliate
Palliate derives from Late Latin palliatus, past participle of palliare, "to cloak, to conceal," from Latin pallium, "cloak."