- to make thin, lean, or emaciated.
- to reduce the consistency or density of.
Origin of extenuate
OTHER WORDS FROM extenuateex·ten·u·at·ing, adjectiveex·ten·u·a·tive, adjectiveex·ten·u·a·tor, nounnon·ex·ten·u·a·tive, adjective
Words nearby extenuate
How to use extenuate in a sentence
They attempted to extenuate their crimes by the hardships they had suffered, but in vain.
This reflection may extenuate my faults in their effects, but it must aggravate them in their source.The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete|Jean Jacques Rousseau
The Lords' committee extenuate the presumption that either knights or burgesses sat in any of these parliaments.
If some dozen of the conniving deputies had been sent there, Warden Tapp might have had less to extenuate.The Incendiary|W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
But whether he is to be believed or not, the fact that four of the prisoners went down in irons is impossible to extenuate.Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora|Edward Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for extenuate
- to emaciate or weaken
- to dilute or thin out