[ik-sten-yoo-eyt] /ɪkˈstɛn yuˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), extenuated, extenuating.
to represent (a fault, offense, etc.) as less serious:
to extenuate a crime.
to serve to make (a fault, offense, etc.) seem less serious.
to underestimate, underrate, or make light of:
Do not extenuate the difficulties we are in.
to represent (an offence, a fault, etc) as being less serious than it appears, as by showing mitigating circumstances
to cause to be or appear less serious; mitigate
to underestimate or make light of
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.
[ik-sten-yoo-ey-ting] /ɪkˈstɛn yuˌeɪ tɪŋ/ adjective 1. serving to make a fault, offense, etc., appear less serious: The judge gave him a comparatively mild sentence due to extenuating circumstances. [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 […]
[ik-sten-yoo-ey-shuh n] /ɪkˌstɛn yuˈeɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the act of . 2. the state of being . 3. something that ; a partial excuse: The youth of the defendant served as an extenuation. n. early 15c., from Latin extenuationem (nominative extenuatio), noun of action from past participle stem of extenuare (see extenuate).
[ik-sten-yoo-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪkˈstɛn yu əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective 1. tending to extenuate; characterized by extenuation; extenuating.
[ik-steer-ee-er] /ɪkˈstɪər i ər/ adjective 1. outer; being on the outer side: the exterior surface; exterior decorations. 2. intended or suitable for outdoor use: exterior paint. 3. situated or being outside; pertaining to or connected with what is outside: the exterior territories of a country. noun 4. the outer surface or part; outside. 5. outward […]