Extenuate



[ik-sten-yoo-eyt] /ɪkˈstɛn yuˌeɪt/

verb (used with object), extenuated, extenuating.
1.
to represent (a fault, offense, etc.) as less serious:
to extenuate a crime.
2.
to serve to make (a fault, offense, etc.) seem less serious.
3.
to underestimate, underrate, or make light of:
Do not extenuate the difficulties we are in.
4.
Archaic.

/ɪkˈstɛnjʊˌeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to represent (an offence, a fault, etc) as being less serious than it appears, as by showing mitigating circumstances
2.
to cause to be or appear less serious; mitigate
3.
to underestimate or make light of
4.
(archaic)

v.

1520s, from Latin extenuatus, past participle of extenuare “lessen, make small, reduce, diminish,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + tenuare “make thin,” from tenuis “thin” (see tenet). Related: Extenuated; extenuating. Extenuating circumstances attested from 1660s.

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