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Adjective
That lessens the seriousness of something by providing an excuse
Adjective
That which saves or redeems something from an otherwise bad state or condition
Verb
Present participle for 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.”
Verb
Present participle for 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.”
Verb
Present participle for to justify or make an excuse for an offense
“They attempted to extenuate their crimes by the hardships they had suffered, but in vain.”
Verb
Present participle for show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified
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Present participle for to weaken or make feeble
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Present participle for to forgive (someone) for a fault or offense
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Present participle for to keep secret or cover the truth of
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Present participle for to decrease in amount or degree
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Present participle for to become smaller or less in amount, degree or intensity
Verb
Present participle for to justify or make excuses for
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