• WordNet 3.6
    • n palliation to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious
    • n palliation easing the severity of a pain or a disease without removing the cause
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Palliation Mitigation; alleviation, as of a disease.
    • Palliation That which cloaks or covers; disguise; also, the state of being covered or disguised.
    • Palliation The act of palliating, or state of being palliated; extenuation; excuse; as, the palliation of faults, offenses, vices.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n palliation A cloaking or concealment; a means of hiding or concealing.
    • n palliation The act of palliating or concealing the more flagrant circumstances of an offense, crime, etc.; a lessening or toning down of the enormity or gravity of a fault, offense, etc., by the urging of extenuating circumstances, or by favorable representations; extenuation.
    • n palliation Mitigation or alleviation, as of a disease.
    • n palliation Synonyms See palliate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Palliation act of palliating: extenuation: mitigation
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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
Cf. F. palliation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. palliāre, -ātum, to cloak—pallium, a cloak.


In literature:

Satisfying his curiosity might serve as a palliative to his sudden depression with regard to his love affair.
"An Alabaster Box" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
Every one knows that in common society palliating names are given to vices.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Many have studied the word of God to justify sin, or palliate guilt, by the examples of the former dispensation.
"Notable Women of Olden Time" by Anonymous
But what are we to say in palliation of the vegetarians?
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
That she had done so in the heat of passion was small palliation.
"The Land of Promise" by D. Torbett
Their cruelty will be justified or palliated, since they know thee not.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
But, on reflection, what is there that can be said in palliation of Lord Panmure?
"Some Diversions of a Man of Letters" by Edmund William Gosse
I do not excuse or palliate them.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
His want of delicacy, his challenges of modesty, need no palliation.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
Its victims sought for palliatives in cruelty and crime elsewhere unknown, except perhaps in Oriental courts.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds

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:

Hospice & Palliative Care of Washington County Light Up A Life ornaments still available.
SeaComm recently presented a $5,000 check to Hospice & Palliative Care of the St Lawrence Valley.
Sangre De Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care.
A record number of dying people in the US — an estimated 1.65 million patients — received care from the nation's hospices in 2011, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reported this week.
Patricia Jane White, age 75, of Potsdam, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at her residence while under the care of her family and the Hospice and Palliative Care of the St Lawrence Valley.
The Kim Kardashian lookalike, a palliative care nurse in Toronto who dated the NBA star for two years, agreed to marry former pro footballer Brad Smith during Wednesday's finale.
Hospice & Palliative Care of Washington County Light Up A Life ornaments still available.
Each year, the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa honors volunteers from hospice organizations across the state.
Palliative radiation therapy can ease pain, but 64 percent in study thought it could cure their cancer.
Gerald Marquis Baker, 98, of Zanesville, passed away at 5:15 am Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Genesis Hospice & Palliative Care.
Hospice Chautauqua County has formed a partnership with a ministry in Tanzania to share ideas on hospice and palliative care.
Promoting Excellence in Palliative and End-of-Life Care.
11-26-12: The Need to Discuss Palliative Care.
Palliative Care Extends Life, Study Finds.
John Morris, MD, is the Palliative Care Medical Director at Four Seasons and a member of the Western Carolina Medical Society.

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