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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.

More Vocab Words

::: extenuate - weaken; mitigate; lessen the seriousness of (bad behavior)
::: coalesce - combine; fuse; N. coalescence
::: illusive - deceiving; based on illusion; causing illusion; deceptive
::: frivolous - lacking in seriousness; flippant; self-indulgently carefree; unworthy of serious attention; relatively unimportant; trivial
::: inviolable - secure from corruption, attack, or violation(or profanation); unassailable; Ex. inviolable oath/rights; N. inviolability
::: distend - expand; swell out
::: irreconcilable - impossible to reconcile; incompatible; not able to be resolved
::: rousing - lively; inducing excitement; stirring; V. rouse: waken; arouse from sleep or depression; excite; stir up
::: deadpan - wooden; impassive; with no show of feeling; with an expressionless face
::: acclivity - sharp upslope of a hill; OP. declivity