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  • 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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old (and modern) French, from late Latin palliare ‘cover’, from pallium.


  • "I am glad to hear you say so," said Cap. "Miss Black, please hear this in palliation – I would not presume to say in defense – of my conduct: I was driven to frenzy by a passion of contending love and jealousy as violent and maddening as it was unreal and transient.

    The Hidden Hand

  • It is true that he afterwards composed an elaborate apology for his people in the form of a history in twenty volumes, which may be considered as a kind of palliation for the evil he had done them in action.


  • "If you have a terminal diagnosis, you are a hospice candidate, you have an incurable disease that required palliation, meaning the relieving of symptoms, I think we need as many tools in that scenario as we can have," Dr. Miller added.

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  • In light of these events, lest we feel too guilty for plunging our readers down the slippery slope of disillusionment into a gaping abyss of continual despair from our ideologically harrowing subject matter, we would like to offer for your personal palliation the following token of our support.

    Archive 2010-04-01

  • This study shows that physicians who behave as though more is better and aggressive treatment is preferable to palliation and watchful waiting may impose needless suffering on black patients in their final days.

    Barbara Coombs Lee: Once Again, Race Matters-But How?

  • No hand wringing, little wrangling -- just a realization that suffering requires palliation regardless of where in the world it is happening.

    Hisham Wyne: Pakistan's Floods: Civil Society in Dubai Is Alive and Well

  • Its palliation is a daily task, its cure a fervent hope.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • As long as no Montana doctors are willing to prescribe lethal medication to patients in need, any "right" to die will offer little palliation for the ravages of terminal illness.

    Jacob M. Appel: Big Sky Dilemma: Must Doctors Help Their Patients Die?

  • However, as people choose to control their own deaths and the legal system increasingly accepts these choices, as is already the case in Oregon, Washington and Montana, one can expect these palliation-only organizations to align themselves ever more closely with a "nursing home-industrial complex" that stands to lose billions of dollars if people choose to die on their own terms.

    Jacob M. Appel: "Mercy Killing": When Love & Law Conflict

  • Cecilia, superior to accepting a palliation of which she felt herself undeserving, now lifted up her head, and forcing herself to speak, said



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