palliate

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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… …

    Wiktionary

  • 11 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

  • 12 palliate — /ˈpælieɪt / (say paleeayt) verb (t) (palliated, palliating) 1. to cause (an offence, etc.) to appear less grave or heinous; extenuate; excuse: *My nephew, not only aiding and abetting those ruffians, but seeking to palliate their crimes! This is… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 palliate — transitive verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin palliatus, past participle of palliare to cloak, conceal, from Latin pallium cloak Date: 15th century 1. to reduce the violence of (a disease); also to ease (symptoms)… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 palliate — pal|li|ate [ˈpælieıt] v [T] formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of palliare to cover, hide , from Latin pallium; PALL2] to reduce the effects of illness, pain etc without curing them ▪ Chosen carefully, the oils may… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 palliate — verb 1) the treatment works by palliating symptoms Syn: alleviate, ease, relieve, soothe, take the edge off, assuage, moderate, temper, diminish, decrease, blunt, deaden 2) there is no way to palliate his dirty deed Syn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 palliate — pal•li•ate [[t]ˈpæl iˌeɪt[/t]] v. t. at•ed, at•ing 1) med to relieve without curing; mitigate; alleviate: to palliate a chronic disease[/ex] 2) to try to mitigate or conceal the gravity of (an offense) by excuses, apologies, etc.; extenuate •… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 palliate — palliation, n. palliator, n. /pal ee ayt /, v.t., palliated, palliating. 1. to relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate. 2. to try to mitigate or conceal the gravity of (an offense) by excuses, apologies, etc.; extenuate. [1540 50; < …

    Universalium

  • 18 palliate — Synonyms and related words: abate, adjust to, allay, alleviate, allow for, alter, anesthetize, appease, assuage, attemper, bank the fire, benumb, blunt, box in, camouflage, chasten, circumscribe, cloak, color, conceal, condition, condone,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 palliate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. extenuate, excuse; mitigate, soften; relieve, ameliorate. See vindication, moderation, relief. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. apologize for, make light of, screen, hide, conceal, cover, veil, gloss over,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 palliate — pal|li|ate [ pæli,eıt ] verb transitive 1. ) FORMAL to make something bad seem less serious 2. ) MEDICAL to reduce the pain or other bad effects of an illness without curing it completely …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English