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extenuate

[ ik-sten-yoo-eyt ]
/ 瑟k藞st蓻n yu藢e瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ex路ten路u路at路ed, ex路ten路u路at路ing.
to represent (a fault, offense, etc.) as less serious: to extenuate a crime.
to serve to make (a fault, offense, etc.) seem less serious.
to underestimate, underrate, or make light of: Do not extenuate the difficulties we are in.
Archaic.
  1. to make thin, lean, or emaciated.
  2. to reduce the consistency or density of.
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Origin of extenuate

First recorded in 1520鈥30; from Latin extenu膩tus, past participle of extenu膩re, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + tenu膩re 鈥渢o make thin or small鈥; see origin at thin;see also -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM extenuate

ex路ten路u路at路ing, adjectiveex路ten路u路a路tive, adjectiveex路ten路u路a路tor, nounnon路ex路ten路u路a路tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for extenuate

extenuate
/ (瑟k藞st蓻nj蕣藢e瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to represent (an offence, a fault, etc) as being less serious than it appears, as by showing mitigating circumstances
to cause to be or appear less serious; mitigate
to underestimate or make light of
archaic
  1. to emaciate or weaken
  2. to dilute or thin out

Derived forms of extenuate

extenuating, adjectiveextenuation, nounextenuator, nounextenuatory, adjective

Word Origin for extenuate

C16: from Latin extenu膩re to make thin, from tenuis thin, frail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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