v. lessen violence of disease; moderate intensity; gloss over with excuses
Not content merely to palliate the patient's sores and cankers, the researcher sought a means of wiping out the disease.
Sentence in Classic:
Cora remained silent, for she knew not how to palliate this imprudent severity on the part of her father in a manner to suit the comprehension of an Indian.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context
Even with this palliation, when the nuns put on this chemise on the 14th of September, they suffer from fever for three or four days.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo Context
He was anxious, while vindicating himself, to say nothing unkind of the others: but there was only one amongst them whose conduct he could mention without some necessity of defence or palliation.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen Context