Palliate meaning

pălē-āt
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.

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To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate.
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To lessen the pain or severity of without actually curing; alleviate; ease.
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To make appear less serious or offensive; excuse; extenuate.
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To make less severe or intense; mitigate.
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To alleviate the symptoms of a disease or disorder.
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(obsolete) Cloaked; hidden, concealed. [15th-17th c.]

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(obsolete) Eased; mitigated; alleviated.

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To relieve the symptoms of; to ameliorate. [from 15th c.]
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To cover or disguise the seriousness of (a mistake, offence etc.) by excuses and apologies. [from 17th c.]
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To placate or mollify. [from 17th c.]
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Origin of palliate

  • Middle English palliaten from Late Latin palliāre palliāt- to cloak, palliate from Latin pallium cloak

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin palliatus (“cloaked") (in Late Latin the past participle of palliare (“to cover with a cloak")), from pallium (“cloak").

    From Wiktionary