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palliate
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
to make something less bad — especially pain or an offense
  • My own imperfect health has induced me to give some attention to those palliative resources which the divine mercy has placed within our reach.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (3% in)
  • There had been not only her intimacy 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 be the true one, but on the other, made her the more afraid of seeming to palliate his culpability.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (13% in)

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