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We can palliate, but not cure the disease.
  to make something less bad — especially pain or an offense
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  • We can palliate, but not cure the disease.
  • Congress is better at palliating the suffering of the unemployed than at creating an environment conducive to job creation.
  • "Yes, yes, you are right," said he; "I have plenty of faults of my own: I know it, and I don’t wish to palliate them, I assure you."
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Roxana stood awhile looking mutely down on him while he writhed in shame and went on incoherently babbling self-accusations mixed with pitiful attempts at explanation and palliation of his crime;
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson

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  • But it would only be palliative.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • He talked about using palliative chemo—treatment that’s not intended to be curative, but could ease symptoms, possibly buying a few months—and about finding ways to keep me comfortable and engaged in life as the end approached.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • After a while, I pulled him over to the bed and we lay there together as he told me they’d started palliative chemo, but he gave it up to go to Amsterdam, even though his parents were furious.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Palliative care only.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • "Merck" informs me that this is a transient state, becoming palliated after a number of hours of the tongue’s gentle rest, which is a great relief to know, since it is sheer murder to eat anything or to take more than a few sips of beer.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Apparently finding this some palliative to his feelings, he smashed the quivering trunk several times more, causing a delirious shower of pale-pink petals to rain down upon his head.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • She was a less than satisfactory source of palliation, but she did give Jem a hot biscuit-and-butter which he tore in half and shared with me.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • She could neither wonder nor condemn, but the belief of his self-conquest brought nothing consolatory to her bosom, afforded no palliation of her distress.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Is there no reward, no means of palliating the injury, and of softening your heart?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • 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.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Even with this palliation, when the nuns put on this chemise on the 14th of September, they suffer from fever for three or four days.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • If, mindless of palliating circumstances, we are bound to regard the death of the Master-at-arms as the prisoner’s deed, then does that deed constitute a capital crime whereof the penalty is a mortal one?
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • His companions suggested only what could palliate imprudence, or smooth objections; and by the time they had talked it all over together, and he had talked it all over again with Emma, in their walk back to Hartfield, he was become perfectly reconciled, and not far from thinking it the very best thing that Frank could possibly have done.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Now that she was going from me, I thought if I should die before she returned, she might hear my story from some one who did not understand the palliating circumstances; and that if she were entirely ignorant on the subject, her sensitive nature might receive a rude shock.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • To her and her like, birth itself was an ordeal of degrading personal compulsion, whose gratuitousness nothing in the result seemed to justify, and at best could only palliate.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Virchow would write, "My politics were those of prophylaxis, my opponents preferred those of palliation."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • If he began to talk about the crops; or about the recent weather; or about the condition of politics; or about dogs, or cats, or morals, or theology—no matter what —I sighed, for I knew what was coming; he was going to get out of it a palliation of that tiresome seven-dollar sale.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • It was a gruesome and harmful form of palliation, and for Deo it expressed a psychological truth with broad application — that pains exist in layers, with the most excruciating at the top obscuring the pains beneath.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • He was anxious, while vindicating himself, to say nothing unkind of the others: but there was only one amongst them whose conduct he could mention without some necessity of defence or palliation.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • These records, however much or however little of real life may lie at the back of them, are not an attempt to disguise or to palliate this widespread sickness of our times.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • These apparent errors in the doctrine of Thwackum served greatly to palliate the contrary errors in that of Square, which our good man no less saw and condemned.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Now, my good friend, speak out; for the time for any palliation or concealment is past, and nothing will avail Ralph Nickleby now.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • An old man, widower, unkempt of hair, in bed, with head covered, sighing: an infirm dog, Athos: aconite, resorted to by increasing doses of grains and scruples as a palliative of recrudescent neuralgia: the face in death of a septuagenarian, suicide by poison.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • This was one of those cases which no solemn deception can palliate, where no man can help; where his very Maker seems to abandon a sinner to his own devices.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Although habitual tolerance has long since relaxed our morals, an author could hardly succeed in interesting us in the misfortunes of his characters, if he did not first palliate their faults.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Probity in thought and deed being the distinguishing quality of this extraordinary man’s mind, while he felt that a sort of disgrace ought to attach to his idleness on the occasion mentioned, the last thought that could occur would be to attempt to palliate or deny his negligence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Being subjects either of an absolute or limited monarchy, they have endeavored to heighten the advantages, or palliate the evils of those forms, by placing in comparison the vices and defects of the republican, and by citing as specimens of the latter the turbulent democracies of ancient Greece and modern Italy.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • I have prescribed him centaury and St. John’s wort, ordered him to eat carrots, given him soda; but all that’s merely palliative measures; we want some more decided treatment.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • "But dearest," he continued in a palliative voice, "don’t be like it!"
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • He had nothing to do all day, except to send the embrocation over to the Guest House, and towards sunset he remembered it, and looked round his house for a local palliative, for the dispensary was shut.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • She drew close to Ursula, trusting that she would know of some palliative for her attacks.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • My own imperfect health has induced me to give some attention to those palliative resources which the divine mercy has placed within our reach.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Any assistance that this Government may render in the future should provide a cure rather than a mere palliative.
    George C. Marshall  --  The Marshall Plan
  • My eye met his as the idea crossed my mind: he seemed to read the glance, answering as if its import had been spoken as well as imagined — "Yes, yes, you are right," said he; "I have plenty of faults of my own: I know it, and I don’t wish to palliate them, I assure you.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I was now on the easier-to-endure palliative chemo.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • 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.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The meanness of her condition did not represent her misery as of little consequence in his eyes, nor did it appear to justify, or even to palliate, his guilt, in bringing that misery upon her.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • And I’d recommend palliative radiation.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • [*] It is equally sure to set off every female perfection to the highest advantage, and to palliate and conceal every defect.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Word got back that guerrillas had planted the bomb because the pharmacy represented "crumbs for the poor," a palliative designed to curb the growth of revolutionary fervor.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Can we not have him in a place where people are trained in palliation?
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Isn’t palliative care important?
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • But no favorable circumstances palliate or atone for the disadvantages of dissension in the executive department.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Each of them therefore now endeavoured, as much as he could, to palliate the offence which his own child had committed, and to aggravate the match of the other.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • My father at sixty is fussing around, talking about "palliative" measures, doctoring people, playing the bountiful master with the peasants—having a festive time, in fact; and my mother’s happy too; her day’s so chockful of duties of all sorts, and sighs and groans that she’s no time even to think of herself; while I .’
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Aureliano Jose could not get to sleep until he heard the twelve-o’clock waltz on the parlor dock, and the mature maiden whose skin was beginning to grow sad did not have a moments’ rest until she felt slip in under her mosquito netting that sleepwalker whom she had raised, not thinking that he would be a palliative for her solitude.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
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