Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb palliate

2 senses of palliate

Sense 1
extenuate, palliate, mitigate -- (lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of; "The circumstances extenuate the crime")
       => apologize, apologise, excuse, justify, rationalize, rationalise -- (defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success")

Sense 2
relieve, alleviate, palliate, assuage -- (provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches")
       => better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate -- (to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes")

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