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extenuation

[ik-sten-yoo-ey-shuh n] /ɪkˌstɛn yuˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of extenuating.
2.
the state of being extenuated.
3.
something that extenuates; a partial excuse:
The youth of the defendant served as an extenuation.
Origin of extenuation
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English extenuacioun < Latin extenuātiōn- (stem of extenuātiō). See extenuate, -ion
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  • "He attacked me like the low ruffian that he is," pleaded Halbert, in extenuation.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • You heard him plead, in extenuation of his fault, his mode of life, his rearing.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • From the British point of view there was much to be said in extenuation of the practice.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • The object of this examination grinned a faint grin of extenuation.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • "The las' time, Bettie; the las' time," he said, in extenuation.

    Prairie Folks Hamlin Garland
  • For Don Ignacio himself, as the recipient of these favours, much may be said in extenuation.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • But not willingly, he pleaded, in extenuation; it had crept upon him unawares.

  • What have you to say in extenuation of your conduct hitherto?

    The Witch of Salem John R. Musick
  • I urged my oath in extenuation of my conduct, and that I was bound to return.

    Peter the Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • "But the fellow is sincere," the professor urged in extenuation.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
Word Origin and History for extenuation
n.

early 15c., from Latin extenuationem (nominative extenuatio), noun of action from past participle stem of extenuare (see extenuate).

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