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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Definitions for mitigate

  1. To lessen in force or intensity, as wrath, grief, harshness, or pain; moderate.
  2. To make less severe: to mitigate a punishment.
  3. To make (a person, one's state of mind, disposition, etc.) milder or more gentle; mollify; appease.

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Citations for mitigate
I owe you a thousand obligations for all the attention you showed me in my late calamitous situation, and ill, very ill, should I repay those obligations, if I did not try as a friend to mitigate these violent transports. Charlotte Turner Smith, Celestina
That does nothing to mitigate your condescending arrogance. William Kittredge, The Willow Field
Origin of mitigate
late Middle English
1375-1425
Mitigate is from the Latin roots mit (soft) and agere (to cause).