- 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.
palliate definition by Webster's New World
- to lessen the pain or severity of without actually curing; alleviate; ease
- to make appear less serious or offensive; excuse; extenuate
Origin: ; from past participle of Late Latin palliare, to conceal, cloak, back-formation ; from Classical Latin palliatus, cloaked ; from pallium, a cloak
palliate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb pal·li·at·ed, pal·li·at·ing, pal·li·ates
- To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate.
- To make less severe or intense; mitigate: tried unsuccessfully to palliate the widespread discontent.
- To relieve the symptoms of a disease or disorder.
Origin: Middle English palliaten, from Late Latin palliāre, palliāt-, to cloak, palliate, from Latin pallium, cloak.
- palˌli·aˈtion noun
- palˈli·aˌtor noun
palliate - Medical Definition