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tr.v. pal·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).
2. To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate.
[Middle English palliaten, from Late Latin palliāre, palliāt-, to cloak, palliate, from Latin pallium, cloak.]
1. to lessen the severity of (pain, disease, etc) without curing or removing; alleviate; mitigate
2. to cause (an offence) to seem less serious by concealing evidence; extenuate
[C16: from Late Latin palliāre to cover up, from Latin pallium a cloak, pallium]
v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. to relieve without curing; mitigate; alleviate: to palliate a chronic disease.
2. to try to mitigate or conceal the gravity of (an offense) by excuses, apologies, etc.; extenuate.
Past participle: palliated
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|Verb||1.||palliate - lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of; "The circumstances extenuate the crime"|
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
|2.||palliate - provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches"|
soothe - cause to feel better; "the medicine soothes the pain of the inflammation"