palliate

Part of speech: noun

Palliation.

Part of speech: verb

To extenuate; mitigate.

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Usage examples "palliate":

  1. " 'Has, with such spirit and decency, charged upon me, I shall neither attempt to palliate nor deny, '" said John savagely. - "A Tale of a Lonely Parish", F. Marion Crawford.
  2. Else shall we hear rise above all the voices that palliate crime, on the plea of 'State necessity, ' the stern words of the Master, 'In thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of poor innocents. - "Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)", Alexander Maclaren.
  3. She would have spoken again,- would, perhaps, have said something to palliate the harshness of her last words,- but by a gesture he forbids her. - "Faith and Unfaith", Duchess.