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Verb
Present participle for to provide assuagement or palliation to
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“I found her in a very nervous and overwrought condition, and I thought it best to palliate her fears for a time.”
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Present participle for to excuse the seriousness of (an offense)
“The calumniators seek pretexts to palliate their lies, artfully endeavoring to give them some color of justice.”
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Present participle for to minimize or moderate the seriousness of (an offense)
“Any attempt to palliate his words and deeds is to exhibit a moral feebleness.”
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Present participle for to (attempt to) hide or disguise, especially an offense
“His talk is sweet, and melting accents palliate his deceit.”
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Present participle for to attempt to bring an ailment to an end
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Present participle for to support, justify, or make an excuse for a (perceived) misdeed
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Present participle for to disregard as unimportant or insignificant
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Present participle for relieve of blame, responsibility
Adjective
That lessens the seriousness of something by providing an excuse
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