from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate.
- transitive v. To make less severe or intense; mitigate: tried unsuccessfully to palliate the widespread discontent.
- transitive v. To relieve the symptoms of a disease or disorder.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Covered with a mantle; cloaked; hidden; disguised.
- adj. Eased; mitigated; alleviated.
- transitive v. To cover with a mantle or cloak; to cover up; to hide.
- transitive v. To cover with excuses; to conceal the enormity of, by excuses and apologies; to extenuate.
- transitive v. To reduce in violence; to lessen or abate; to mitigate; to ease without curing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cover with a cloak; clothe.
- To hide; conceal.
- To cover or conceal; excuse or extenuate; soften or tone down by pleading or urging extenuating circumstances, or by favorable representations: as, to palliate faults or a crime.
- To reduce in violence; mitigate; lessen or abate: as, to palliate a disease.
- Eased; mitigated.
- In zoology, having a pallium; of or pertaining to the Palliata; tectibranchiate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
- v. provide physical relief, as from pain
Middle English palliaten, from Late Latin palliāre, palliāt-, to cloak, palliate, from Latin pallium, cloak.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin palliatus ("cloaked") (in Late Latin the past participle of palliare ("to cover with a cloak")), from pallium ("cloak"). (Wiktionary)