Palatable vs Palliate - What's the difference?

palatable | palliate |

As adjectives the difference between palatable and palliate

is that palatable is pleasing to the taste, tasty while palliate is (obsolete) cloaked; hidden, concealed.

As a verb palliate is

to relieve the symptoms of; to ameliorate.




(en adjective)
  • Pleasing to the taste, tasty.
  • For some instant noodles make a palatable , if not especially nutritious, meal.
  • Tolerable, acceptable.
  • The agreement was palatable to both of them.


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    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Cloaked; hidden, concealed.
  • (Bishop Hall)
  • (obsolete) Eased; mitigated; alleviated.
  • (Bishop Fell)


  • To relieve the symptoms of; to ameliorate.
  • * 2009 , Boris Johnson, The Evening Standard , 15 Jan 09:
  • And if there are some bankers out there who are still embarrassed by the size of their bonuses, then I propose that they palliate their guilt by giving to the Mayor's Fund for London to help deprived children in London.
  • (obsolete) To hide or disguise.
  • To cover or disguise the seriousness of (a mistake, offence etc.) by excuses and apologies.
  • (obsolete) To lessen the severity of; to extenuate, moderate, qualify.
  • To placate or mollify.
  • * 2007 , "Looking towards a Brown future", The Guardian , 25 Jan 07:
  • Brown's options for the machinery of Whitehall are constrained, as for all prime ministers, by the need to palliate allies and hug enemies close (John Reid, say).


    * Paternoster, Lewis M. and Frager-Stone, Ruth. Three Dimensions of Vocabulary Growth. Second Edition. Amsco School Publications: USA. 1998. ----