palliate

verb /ˈpalɪeɪt,ˈpæl.i.eɪt/
a) To relieve the symptoms of; to ameliorate.

And if there are some bankers out there who are still embarrassed by the size of their bonuses, then I propose that they palliate their guilt by giving to the Mayors Fund for London to help deprived children in London.

b) To cover or disguise the seriousness of (a mistake, offence etc.) by excuses and apologies.

Browns options for the machinery of Whitehall are constrained, as for all prime ministers, by the need to palliate allies and hug enemies close (John Reid, say).


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  • Palliate — Pal li*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Palliated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Palliating}.] 1. To cover with a mantle or cloak; to cover up; to hide. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Being palliated with a pilgrim s coat. Sir T. Herbert. [1913 Webster] 2. To cover with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • palliate — palliate, extenuate, gloze, gloss, whitewash, whiten are comparable when they mean to give a speciously fine appearance to what is base, evil, or erroneous. Palliate may stress the concealing or cloaking or the condoning of the enormity of a… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Palliate — Pal li*ate, a. [L. palliatus, fr. pallium a cloak. See {Pall} the garment.] 1. Covered with a mantle; cloaked; hidden; disguised. [Obs.] Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. Eased; mitigated; alleviated. [Obs.] Bp. Fell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • palliate — I (abate) verb allay, alleviate, appease, arrest, assuage, attemper, bate, bound, bring to a standstill, cease, check, circumscribe, curb, curtail, deactivate, decelerate, decrease, desist, diminish, discontinue, ease, eliminate, lenify, lessen,… …   Law dictionary

  • palliate — (v.) to alleviate without curing, 1540s, from M.L. palliatus, lit. cloaked, from pp. of L.L. palliare cover with a cloak, conceal, from L. pallium cloak (see PALL (Cf. pall) (n.)). Related: Palliated; palliating …   Etymology dictionary

  • palliate — [v] gloss over; cover up abate, allay, alleviate, apologize for, assuage, camouflage, cloak, conceal, condone, cover, diminish, disguise, dissemble, ease, exculpate, excuse, extenuate, gloze, hide, hush up*, justify, lessen, lighten, make light… …   New thesaurus

  • palliate — ► VERB 1) make (the symptoms of a disease) less severe without removing the cause. 2) make (something bad) less severe. DERIVATIVES palliation noun. ORIGIN Latin palliare to cloak …   English terms dictionary

  • palliate — [pal′ē āt΄] vt. palliated, palliating [< pp. of LL palliare, to conceal, cloak, back form. < L palliatus, cloaked < pallium, a cloak] 1. to lessen the pain or severity of without actually curing; alleviate; ease 2. to make appear less… …   English World dictionary

  • Palliate — To palliate a disease is to treat it partially and insofar as possible but not cure it completely. Palliation cloaks a disease. Palliate has several senses, including: to reduce the severity of (a disease); to moderate the intensity of something; …   Medical dictionary

  • palliate — UK [ˈpælɪeɪt] / US [ˈpælɪˌeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms palliate : present tense I/you/we/they palliate he/she/it palliates present participle palliating past tense palliated past participle palliated 1) formal to make something bad seem less …   English dictionary

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