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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Monday 21st January 2019
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palliative (noun) PAL-i-a-tiv

Something which gives temporary reief or alleviates pain; a medicine that only treats symptoms.

He found it difficult to smile, and he had never been able to weep, so that he was deprived of the consolation of tears as well as of the palliative of joy.

Victor Hugo, The Man Who Laughs. Amazon

For those unfamiliar with Fernet Branca, it might be described as a syrupy alcoholic liqueur flavoured with what tastes like a mixture of aromatherapy essences and dilute Marmite. In small doses it can be quite effective as a hangover palliative, but no one in their right minds would dream of knocking back tumbler after tumbler of the stuff.

Michael Dibdin, Guardian, 19 June 2004, Guardian
reviewing James Hamilton-Paterson's Cooking With Fernet Branca . Amazon

Rousseau propagandised the moral lessons to be learnt from the Alpine peasants, the Romantics found in the hills a mirror of God or their own personalities, and a Dr Spengler announced the mountain climate to be the best cure or palliative for tuberculosis, then responsible in England for one death in six.

Thomas Hodgkinson, Guardian, 21 October 2000, Guardian
reviewing Jim Ring's How the English Made the Alps Amazon

For them, the two-month extravaganza — a $4.1 million production that includes sets and lighting for nearly 40 art pieces on eight staging areas with live narration and orchestra — weaves a magic that is a welcome palliative to the freneticism of modern-day entertainment.

Mireya Navarro, The New York Times, 1 August 2006. New York Times

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