palliate

Definition: To make (a crime or offense) seem less serious but not really solve anything

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Amanda of the Mill - By Marie Van Vorst
...He appeared to wish to palliate Grismore ....
The Scarlet Letter - By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Joseph Hatton
...The young clergyman, after a few hours of privacy, was sensible that the disorder of his nerves had hurried him into an unseemly outbreak of temper, which there had been nothing in the physician 's words to excuse or palliate ....
The Last of the Mohicans - By James Fenimore Cooper
...The Huron chief was tied up before all the pale-faced warriors, and whipped like a dog .1 ' Cora remained silent, for she knew not how to palliate this imprudent severity on the part of her father, in a manner to suit the comprehension of an Indian ....
War and Peace - By Leo Tolstoy
...Thiers, in writing his narrative, endeavors, like other historians of Napoleon, to palliate the errors of his hero by asserting that he was led on to Moscow against his will ....
Pilgrim's Progress - By John Bunyan, Izaak Walton, Frank Cheyne Pape
...If that thou wilt not read, let it alone; Some love the meat, some love to pick the bone : Yea, that I might them better palliate, I did too with them thus Expostulate : May I not write in such a stile as this ?...
Middlemarch - By George Eliot
...There had been not only her in timacy with Mrs. Bulstrode, but also a profitable business relation of the great Plymdale dyeing house with Mr. Bulstrode, which on the one hand would have inclined her to desire that the mildest view of his character should he the true one, but on the other, made her the more afraid of seeming to palliate his culpability ....
Tom Jones - By Henry Fielding
...These apparent errors in the doctrine of Thwackum servei greatly to palliate the contrary errors in that of Square, which our e ` ood man no less saw and condemned ....
The Old Wives' Tale - By Arnold Bennett
...When by hazard Sophia observed a fault in the daily conduct of the house, her first impulse was to go to the root of it and cure it, her second was to leave it alone, or to palliate it by some superficial remedy ....
The Development of the English Novel - By Wilbur Lucius Cross
...personal compulsion, whose gratuitousness nothing in the result seemed to justify, and at best could only palliate . '...
History of Prose Fiction - By John Colin Dunlop, Henry Wilson
...Florian has his wit, his good-humour, and his courage, to palliate his faults; but these are not sufficient, and he is never respected by the reader as Galaor is ....
Phineas redux - By Anthony Trollope
...It should be for a jury to decide what view should be taken of that act, and to say how far the outrageous provocation offered should be allowed to palliate the offence ....
Penrod - By Booth Tarkington, Gordon Grant, Doubleday, Page & Company, Country Life Press
...affairs; I 'm asking you if you have anything to say which would palliate " `` That 's what I 'm tryin ' to tell you about, Miss Spence, " he pleaded,--`` if you 'd jest 6nly let me ....
Ten Thousand a Year - By Samuel Warren
...We shall not give publicity to the details which have been furnished us--hoping that the youth and inexperience of the new owner of Yatton -LRB- ill allowance, also, being made for the very natural excitement of such an occasion -RRB- will be allowed in some measure to palliate the conduct then exhibited ....
Color Studies - By Thomas Allibone Janvier
...This severe person instantly took the cue that the Count dexterously gave her by affecting to palliate Jaune 's erratic conduct ....
My Literary Passions, Criticism and Fiction - By William Dean Howells
...We may palliate them or excuse them for this reason or that, but that is the truth, and I do not see why they should not be dropped from literature, as they were long ago dropped from the talk of decent people ....
The Ring and the Book - By Robert Browning
...Apologise for the pincers, palliate screws ?...
Amelia - By Henry Fielding, Gustavus Howard Maynadier
...He even endeavored to palliate the character of Trent, and unsaid half what he had before said of that gentleman ....
The Art of the Novelist - By Henry Burrowes Lathrop
...Many or most can not be at one with themselves or in all aspects equally powerful; and in human probability this crevice in their armor, this rift in the lute, may cause or may palliate their destruction ....
Friendship Village Love Stories - By Zona Gale
...Thus tacitly excused--how true her instinct was, courteously to put the three fringed pinks in my hand to palliate her leaving !...