- When a medication lessens your pain after surgery or the unpleasant symptoms of a disease, these are examples of when you palliate with medication.
- When a police chief calls a press conference and assures the citizens that the robber has been arrested, this is an example of when you palliate fears.
transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- to lessen the pain or severity of without actually curing; alleviate; ease
- to make appear less serious or offensive; excuse; extenuate
Origin of palliatefrom past participle of Late Latin palliare, to conceal, cloak, back-formation from Classical Latin palliatus, cloaked from pallium, a cloak
transitive verbpal·li·at·ed, pal·li·at·ing, pal·li·ates
- a. To make less severe or intense; mitigate. See Synonyms at relieve.b. To alleviate the symptoms of (a disease or disorder).
- To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate.
Origin of palliateMiddle English palliaten from Late Latin palliāre palliāt- to cloak, palliate from Latin pallium cloak
(comparative more palliate, superlative most palliate)
(third-person singular simple present palliates, present participle palliating, simple past and past participle palliated)