Definitions for palliateˈpæl iˌeɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pal•li•ateˈpæl iˌeɪt(v.t.)-at•ed, -at•ing.
to relieve without curing; mitigate; alleviate:
to palliate a chronic disease.
to try to mitigate or conceal the gravity of (an offense) by excuses, apologies, etc.; extenuate.
Origin of palliate:
1540–50; < LL palliātus cloaked, covered. See pallium , -ate1
extenuate, palliate, mitigate(verb)
lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
"The circumstances extenuate the crime"
relieve, alleviate, palliate, assuage(verb)
provide physical relief, as from pain
"This pill will relieve your headaches"
To relieve the symptoms of; to ameliorate.
To hide or disguise.
To cover or disguise the seriousness of (a mistake, offence etc.) by excuses and apologies.
To lessen the severity of; to extenuate, moderate, qualify.
To placate or mollify.
Cloaked; hidden, concealed.
Origin: From palliatus (in the past participle of palliare), from pallium.
covered with a mant/e; cloaked; disguised
eased; mitigated; alleviated
to cover with a mantle or cloak; to cover up; to hide
to cover with excuses; to conceal the enormity of, by excuses and apologies; to extenuate; as, to palliate faults
to reduce in violence; to lessen or abate; to mitigate; to ease withhout curing; as, to palliate a disease