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Palliate


PAL'LIATE, verb transitive [Low Latin pallio, from pallium, a cloke or robe.]

1. To clothe.

2. To cover with excuse; to conceal the enormity of offenses by excuses and apologies; hence, to extenuate; to lessen; to soften by favorable representations; as, to palliate faults, offenses, crimes or vices.

3. To reduce in violence; to mitigate; to lessen or abate; as, to palliate a disease.

PAL'LIATE, adjective Eased; mitigated. [Not used.]