- 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.
- to make thin, lean, or emaciated.
- to reduce the consistency or density of.
Origin of extenuate
Related Words for extenuatepalliate, minimize, reduce, soften, excuse, qualify, decrease, diminish, downplay, moderate, justify
Examples from the Web for extenuate
Historical Examples of extenuate
Whatever tends to extenuate the guilt of other sins, is an aggravation of this.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
In such circumstances I cannot seek to extenuate any of my faults or follies.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Above disguise, above art, above attempting to extenuate a failing.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
They attempted to extenuate their crimes by the hardships they had suffered, but in vain.
There was a vindictiveness in these crimes which no plea can extenuate.The Land We Live In
- 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
- to emaciate or weaken
- to dilute or thin out