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Word: extenuate

Definition: weaken; mitigate; lessen the seriousness of (bad behavior)


Sentences Containing 'extenuate'

``Impostor,''repeated Villefort;``certainly, madame, you appear to extenuate some cases, and exaggerate others.
“In the several debates upon this impeachment, it must be confessed that his majesty gave many marks of his great lenity; often urging the services you had done him, and endeavouring to extenuate your crimes.

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