Definition of palliate:
- Covered with a mante; cloaked; disguised.
- Eased; mitigated; alleviated.
- To cover with a mantle or cloak; to cover up; to hide.
- To cover with excuses; to conceal the enormity of, by excuses and apologies; to extenuate; as, to palliate faults.
- To reduce in violence; to lessen or abate; to mitigate; to ease withhout curing; as, to palliate a disease.
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- "The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada", Francis Parkman.
- "Esther", Henry Adams.
Thus far we may attempt to palliate the conduct of the French, but it might naturally be supposed that upon learning from his papers the errand of mercy upon which Lieutenant Thomas had been engaged, the French officer would have done all in his power to alleviate the sufferings of his prisoner, and have shown him every mark of courtesy and attention.- "Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849", William O. S. Gilly.