- To palliate is to make something less painful or unpleasant, or to calm fears.
- 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 verbpalliated, palliating
- to lessen the pain or severity of without actually curing; alleviate; ease
- to make appear less serious or offensive; excuse; extenuate
Origin of palliate; from 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)