Palliate Definition

pălē-āt
palliated, palliates, palliating
verb
palliated, palliates, palliating
To make less severe or intense; mitigate.
American Heritage
To lessen the pain or severity of without actually curing; alleviate; ease.
Webster's New World
To make appear less serious or offensive; excuse; extenuate.
Webster's New World
To cover or disguise the seriousness of (a mistake, offence etc.) by excuses and apologies. [from 17th c.]
Wiktionary

To placate or mollify. [from 17th c.]

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adjective

(obsolete) Cloaked; hidden, concealed. [15th-17th c.]

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(obsolete) Eased; mitigated; alleviated.
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Origin of Palliate

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

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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