ease; make less severe
Her cancer is beyond cure, and so the doctor is now prescribing drugs only to palliate the great pain she is in.
pallium (cloak) (Latin)
alleviate, ameliorate, assuage, palliate
a friend = a PAL will ALLEVIATE your pain. palliate=alleviate it can be like pale (faint coz of disease)+ate so eating the pain. i.e. reducing it. palli+ate. I was hungry, had pain in the stomach, so ate some palli (groundnut). It eased the pain but didn't cure it.