from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The alleviation of a disease's symptoms without a cure; temporary relief.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of palliating, or state of being palliated; extenuation; excuse.
- n. Mitigation; alleviation, as of a disease.
- n. That which cloaks or covers; disguise; also, the state of being covered or disguised.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cloaking or concealment; a means of hiding or concealing.
- n. The act of palliating or concealing the more flagrant circumstances of an offense, crime, etc.; a lessening or toning down of the enormity or gravity of a fault, offense, etc., by the urging of extenuating circumstances, or by favorable representations; extenuation.
- n. Mitigation or alleviation, as of a disease.
- n. Synonyms See palliate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. easing the severity of a pain or a disease without removing the cause
- n. to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious
Old (and modern) French, from late Latin palliare ‘cover’, from pallium. (Wiktionary)