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extenuate

ex·ten·u·ate

extenuate

 
 
pronunciation:
ihk sten yu eIt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: extenuated, extenuates, extenuating
definition: to reduce the magnitude or seriousness of (a fault or offense) by offering partial excuses.
He tried to extenuate his offense by claiming ignorance of the law.
similar words:
excuse, palliate
derivations: extenuative (adj.), extenuatory (adj.), extenuatingly (adv.), extenuator (n.)