alleviating (part of speech: verb)
- To another, perhaps, I should have preached patience and hope; to you I feel that it would be a mockery, and I only say, bear your misfortune by palliating it with the work your intellect will supply." - "The Man with a Shadow", George Manville Fenn.
- There were probably some palliating circumstances in his case; for though he was carried to the gallows, seated on his coffin, he was spared for some reason, and his companion was hung. - "Isaac T. Hopper", L. Maria Child.
- There was no doubting it, no denying it, no palliating it even. - "The Story of a New York House", Henry Cuyler Bunner.