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Meaning of palliate

pal•li•ate

Pronunciation: (pal'ē-āt"), [key]
— -at•ed, -at•ing.
  1. to relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate.
  2. to try to mitigate or conceal the gravity of (an offense) by excuses, apologies, etc.; extenuate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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