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Word of the Day
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
Mitigate is from the Latin roots mit (soft) and agere (to cause).