What does extenuate mean?

Definitions for extenuate
ɪkˈstɛn yuˌeɪtex·ten·u·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. extenuate, palliate, mitigate(verb)

    lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

    "The circumstances extenuate the crime"

Wiktionary

  1. extenuate(Verb)

    To make thin or slender; to draw out so as to lessen the thickness.

  2. extenuate(Verb)

    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.

  3. extenuate(Verb)

    To lower or degrade; to detract from.

  4. Origin: From extenuatus, past participle of extenuare from ex + tenuare, from tenuis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extenuate(verb)

    to make thin or slender; to draw out so as to lessen the thickness

  2. Extenuate(verb)

    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

  3. Extenuate(verb)

    to lower or degrade; to detract from

  4. Extenuate(verb)

    to become thinner; to make excuses; to advance palliating considerations

  5. Extenuate(adj)

    thin; slender

  6. Origin: [L. extenuatus, p. p.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Extenuate

    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, -ātumex, inten., tenuis, thin.]

Editors Contribution

  1. extenuate

    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

    Submitted by Lighthouse21 on February 25, 2018

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of extenuate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of extenuate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of extenuate in a Sentence

  1. Fairfield Osborne:

    We do not live to extenuate the miseries of the past nor to accept as incurable those of the present.

  2. Patrick Henry:

    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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