palliate
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(pronounced PAL-ee-ayt)

A verb meaning to diminish and tone down the intensity of something. Also, to obscure by using defensive pleas and justifications.

Example: In an attempt to smooth over the costly mistake and regain trust, Michael and rest of the project team tried to palliate their actions with explanations and apologies, but the experienced developer refused to accept their excuses and stated clearly that she would never hire their design firm again.