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English verb: palliate

1. palliate (communication) lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

SamplesThe circumstances extenuate the crime.

Synonymsextenuate, mitigate

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)apologise, apologize, excuse, justify, rationalise, rationalize

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

2. palliate (body) provide physical relief, as from pain

SamplesThis pill will relieve your headaches.

Synonymsalleviate, assuage, relieve

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

Narrower (hyponym)comfort, ease, soothe

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