• WordNet 3.6
    • v palliate provide physical relief, as from pain "This pill will relieve your headaches"
    • v palliate lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of "The circumstances extenuate the crime"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Palliate Covered with a mantle; cloaked; hidden; disguised.
    • Palliate Eased; mitigated; alleviated.
    • Palliate To cover with a mantle or cloak; to cover up; to hide. "Being palliated with a pilgrim's coat."
    • Palliate To cover with excuses; to conceal the enormity of, by excuses and apologies; to extenuate; as, to palliate faults. "They never hide or palliate their vices."
    • Palliate To reduce in violence; to lessen or abate; to mitigate; to ease without curing; as, to palliate a disease. "To palliate dullness, and give time a shove."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • palliate To cover with a cloak; clothe.
    • palliate To hide; conceal.
    • palliate To cover or conceal; excuse or extenuate; soften or tone down by pleading or urging extenuating circumstances, or by favorable representations: as, to palliate faults or a crime.
    • palliate To reduce in violence; mitigate; lessen or abate: as, to palliate a disease. Synonyms Palliate, Extenuate, excuse, gloss over, apologize for. Palliate and extenuate come at essentially the same idea through different figures: palliate is to cover in part as with a cloak; extenuate is to thin away or draw out to fineness. They both refer to the effort to make an offense seem less by bringing forward considerations tending to excuse: they never mean the effort to exonerate or exculpate completely. They have had earlier differences of meaning, and palliate has a peculiar meaning of its own (see def. 3); palliate also would be likely to be used of the more serious offense; but otherwise the words are now essentially the same.
    • palliate Eased; mitigated.
    • palliate In zoology, having a pallium; of or pertaining to the Palliata; tectibranchiate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Palliate pal′i-āt to cover, excuse, extenuate: to soften by pleading something in favour of: to mitigate
    • n Palliate that which lessens pain, disease, &c
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  • Peter De Vries
    “Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff -- it is a palliative rather than a remedy.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. palliatus, fr. pallium, a cloak. See Pall the garment


In literature:

To avert the tendency to death, we must endeavour to palliate the symptoms and neutralize the effects of the poison.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
If in his presence some one was being harshly criticized, he always thought of something to say in way of palliation and excuse.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
And did Nelly fret and moan over the invalid condition for which there was neither palliation nor remedy?
"Girlhood and Womanhood" by Sarah Tytler
There was even a palpable deficiency in Henry's claim, which no art could palliate.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part B. From Henry III. to Richard III." by David Hume
I protest against gilding crimes, and palliating follies.
"An Author's Mind" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
And to make the case as extreme as possible, we will assume that there were no palliating circumstances whatever.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
Any attempt to palliate her offence only made matters worse.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
Let us consider its difficulties, and palliate while we anticipate its errors.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
According to Kate's idea, nothing could excuse or palliate this sin.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
I would palliate her weakness as far as I could consistently with a pure and high standard of action.
"Cape Cod Folks" by Sarah P. McLean Greene

In poetry:

She speaks; 'tis Eloquence—that grace of Tongue
So rare, so lovely!—Never misapplied
By her to palliate Vice, or deck a Wrong,
She speaks and reasons but on Virtue's side.
"To The Memory Of Mrs. Lefroy Who Died Dec: 16 -- My Birthday." by Jane Austen
Did passion warp my heart and head
To madness? And, if so,
Can madness palliate bloodshed? —
It may be — I shall know
When God shall gather up the dead
From where the four winds blow.
"The Three Friends" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
And yet behind the horizon smile serene
The down, the cornland, and the stretching green—
Space—the child's heaven: scenes which at least ensure
Some palliative for ill they cannot cure.
"Lines" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Palliative care provides many of the same services as hospice, but tailored for someone who may not be ready for hospice care or does not choose it.
Additional Palliative Medicine Books, Journals and e-Resources.
Palliative Medicine Books, Journals and e-Resources.
The Integration of Palliative Care and Oncology.
Palliative Care and Oncology.
Palliative Care and Oncology Partnerships in Practice.
Hospice and Palliative Care Group Inc President and CEO John Lomeo has announced the 2012-13 HPCG, Niagara Hospice, Niagara Hospice Alliance, and Palliative Home Care of Niagara boards of directors.
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The South Central Quality of Life Coalition is trying to raise awareness about hospice and palliative care.
Palliative care expert to speak in Syracuse.
Dr Diane E Meier, a national expert on palliative care, will speak at 2 pm Friday Oct 12 in the Regency Room of the Sheraton University Hotel in Syracuse.
" Palliative " – a new word for love.
News stories tagged with " palliative -care".
Brockville concert to promote local music and palliative care.
The Mercy Community To Host Roundtable Discussion On Palliative Care For Seniors.
Meg Greene, a palliative -care nurse in the emergency department at Bryn Mawr Hospital.

In science:

Gap analysis: Undiscovered information security gaps are able to be distinguished and palliated by integrating both electronic and physical information components .
Grid Information Security Functional Requirement - Fulfilling Information Security of a Smart Grid System
Amplitude adjustment was designed as a palliative measure to 2 Subsequent reference to IN as the “nonlinear metric”, even though it more accurately describes non-Gaussianity, provides an expressive shorthand.
Testing the assumptions of linear prediction analysis in normal vowels
In order to palliate this problem we have recourse to two classical tools which we adapt to the spherical setting: first a studentization argument, which leads to so-called pseudo-Fisher-von Mises-Langevin (pseudo-FvML) tests, and second the invariance principle, yielding optimal rank-based tests.
Efficient ANOVA for directional data