extenuate, palliate, mitigate(verb)
lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
"The circumstances extenuate the crime"
To make thin or slender; to draw out so as to lessen the thickness.
To lessen; to palliate; to lessen or weaken the force of; to diminish the conception of, as crime, guilt, faults, ills, accusations, etc.; -- opposed to aggravate.
To lower or degrade; to detract from.
Origin: From extenuatus, past participle of extenuare from ex + tenuare, from tenuis.
to make thin or slender; to draw out so as to lessen the thickness
to lessen; to palliate; to lessen or weaken the force of; to diminish the conception of, as crime, guilt, faults, ills, accusations, etc.; -- opposed to aggravate
to lower or degrade; to detract from
to become thinner; to make excuses; to advance palliating considerations
Origin: [L. extenuatus, p. p.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
eks-ten′ū-āt, v.t. to lessen: to underrate: to weaken the force of: to palliate.—p.adj. Exten′uating, palliating.—adv. Exten′uatingly.—n. Extenuā′tion, act of representing anything as less wrong or criminal than it is: palliation: mitigation.—adjs. Exten′uative, Exten′uatory, tending to extenuate: palliative.—n. Exten′uator. [L. extenuāre, -ātum—ex, inten., tenuis, thin.]
Maybe only fools look for extenuating circumstances.
he was a sucker-so he was made a fool-and poor chap had to look for extenuating circumstances
The numerical value of extenuate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of extenuate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We do not live to extenuate the miseries of the past nor to accept as incurable those of the present.
There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace, peacebut there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
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- изтънявам, смекчавамBulgarian
- धीमा करनाHindi
- verdunnen, verminderen, verzachtenDutch
- formilde, unnskyldeNorwegian
- смягчать, уменьшать, умерятьRussian
- ciddiye almamakTurkish
- ختم کرناUrdu
- giảm nhẹVietnamese
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