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Definition of palliate:

  1. Covered with a mante; cloaked; disguised.
  2. Eased; mitigated; alleviated.
  3. To cover with a mantle or cloak; to cover up; to hide.
  4. To cover with excuses; to conceal the enormity of, by excuses and apologies; to extenuate; as, to palliate faults.
  5. To reduce in violence; to lessen or abate; to mitigate; to ease withhout curing; as, to palliate a disease.

Synonyms:

quench, veneer, deodorize, still, unbosom, vindicate, gloss, save, increase, numb, pacify, make light of, let off, gentle, hide, justify, assuage, show, facilitate, gloze, remedy, placate, explain away, sugar, alleviate, free, gloss over, gruntle, deaden, lenify, take the sting out of something, screen, exempt, conceal, ameliorate, conciliate, appease, extenuate, subdue, cover, soft-pedal, exculpate, whitewash, slake, heal, salve, veil, cloak, comfort, relieve, soften, kill, bolster up, mollify, excuse, calm, apologize for, soften the blow/impact/effect, make amends, varnish, kiss away, mitigate, lighten, take over, sleek over, salvage.

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