palliate

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verb pal·li·ate \ˈpa-lē-ˌāt\

Definition of palliate

palliated

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palliating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to reduce the violence of (a disease); also :  to ease (symptoms) without curing the underlying disease drugs to palliate the pain

  3. 2 :  to cover by excuses and apologies tried to palliate his blunder

  4. 3 :  to moderate the intensity of trying to palliate the boredom did nothing to palliate the bitter disputes

palliation

play \ˌpa-lē-ˈā-shən\ noun

palliator

play \ˈpa-lē-ˌā-tər\ noun

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Examples of palliate in a Sentence

  1. treatments that can palliate the painful symptoms of the disease

  2. don't try to palliate your constant lying by claiming that everybody lies

Did You Know?

Long ago, the ancient Romans had a name for the cloak-like garb that was worn by the Greeks (distinguishing it from their own "toga"); the name was "pallium." In the 15th century, English speakers modified the Late Latin word palliatus, which derives from "pallium," to form "palliate." Our term, used initially as both an adjective and a verb, never had the literal Latin sense referring to the cloak you wear, but it took on the figurative "cloak" of protection. Specifically, the verb "palliate" meant (as it still can mean) "to lessen the intensity of a disease." Nowadays, "palliate" can be used as a synonym of "gloss" or "whitewash" when someone is attempting to disguise something bad.

Origin and Etymology of palliate

Middle English, from Late Latin palliatus, past participle of palliare to cloak, conceal, from Latin pallium cloak


First Known Use: 15th century


PALLIATE Defined for English Language Learners

palliate

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verb

Definition of palliate for English Language Learners

  • : to make the effects of (something, such as an illness) less painful, harmful, or harsh


Medical Dictionary

palliate

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transitive verb pal·li·ate \ˈpal-ē-ˌāt\

Medical Definition of palliate

palliated

;

palliating

  1. :  to reduce the intensity or severity of (a disease); also :  to ease (symptoms) without curing the underlying disease

palliation

\ˌpal-ē-ˈā-shən\play noun


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