Old (and modern) French, from late Latin palliare ‘cover’, from pallium.
palliation (plural palliations)
- 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.