verb (used with object), ex·ten·u·at·ed, ex·ten·u·at·ing.
- to make thin, lean, or emaciated.
- to reduce the consistency or density of.
Origin of extenuate
Related formsex·ten·u·at·ing, adjectiveex·ten·u·a·tive, adjectiveex·ten·u·a·tor, nounnon·ex·ten·u·a·tive, adjective
Examples from the Web for extenuated
This multiform corruption of nature therefore ought not only not to be extenuated, but to be as much as possible magnified.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. I|Martin Luther
I know the caution is given to a brave man, and nothing shall be extenuated.The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas|James Fenimore Cooper
Truth is certainly the foundation of these anecdotes; but their parts may be extenuated, diminished, altered, or exaggerated.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete|Lewis Goldsmith
I have not extenuated his faults, to the best of my knowledge.A Sketch of the Life and Labors of George Whitefield|John Charles Ryle
I have nothing "extenuated, and have set down nought in malice."North America, Volume II (of 2)|Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for extenuated
- to emaciate or weaken
- to dilute or thin out