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Meaning of PALLIATE

Pronunciation:  'palee`eyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches"
  2. [v]  lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of; "The circumstances extenuate the crime"

PALLIATE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: alleviate, assuage, extenuate, mitigate, relieve
 See Also: ameliorate, amend, apologise, apologize, better, comfort, ease, excuse, improve, justify, meliorate, rationalise, rationalize, soothe



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pal"li*ate\, a. [L. palliatus, fr. pallium a cloak.
    See {Pall} the garment.]
    1. Covered with a mant?e; cloaked; disguised. [Obs.] --Bp.
    2. Eased; mitigated; alleviated. [Obs.] --Bp. Fell.
  2. \Pal"li*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Palliated}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Palliating}.]
    1. To cover with a mantle or cloak; to cover up; to hide.
             Being palliated with a pilgrim's coat. --Sir T.
    2. To cover with excuses; to conceal the enormity of, by
       excuses and apologies; to extenuate; as, to palliate
             They never hide or palliate their vices. --Swift.
    3. To reduce in violence; to lessen or abate; to mitigate; to
       ease withhout curing; as, to palliate a disease.
             To palliate dullness, and give time a shove.
    Syn: To cover; cloak; hide; extenuate; conceal.
    Usage: To {Palliate}, {Extenuate}, {Cloak}. These words, as
           here compared, are used in a figurative sense in
           reference to our treatment of wrong action. We cloak
           in order to conceal completely. We extenuate a crime
           when we endeavor to show that it is less than has been
           supposed; we palliate a crime when we endeavor to
           cover or conceal its enormity, at least in part. This
           naturally leads us to soften some of its features, and
           thus palliate approaches extenuate till they have
           become nearly or quite identical. ``To palliate is not
           now used, though it once was, in the sense of wholly
           cloaking or covering over, as it might be, our sins,
           but in that of extenuating; to palliate our faults is
           not to hide them altogether, but to seek to diminish
           their guilt in part.'' --Trench.
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