What does the word palliate mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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) by 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 by Duchess