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Old (and modern) French, from late Latin palliare (cover), from pallium.



palliation (countable and uncountable, plural palliations)

  1. The alleviation of a disease's symptoms without a cure; temporary relief.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite. There is something humiliating about it.
    • 1985, Anthony Burgess, The Kingdom of the Wicked
      Una nox dormienda means that one final night that has to be slept through after a few score years of pain and its palliations, of pleasure and disgust after pleasure.