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To lessen or weaken the force or strength of
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“The diminutive professor looks pensive, and tries to extenuate his anguish with a shot at dark, gallows humour.”
To represent or estimate at less than the true value or significance
“Juries could properly give no mitigating weight to evidence that did not extenuate the severity of the crime.”
To justify or make an excuse for an offense
“They attempted to extenuate their crimes by the hardships they had suffered, but in vain.”
Show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified
To weaken or make feeble
To forgive (someone) for a fault or offense
To keep secret or cover the truth of
To decrease in amount or degree
To become smaller or less in amount, degree or intensity
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