extenuate

  • 1 Extenuate — Ex*ten u*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Extenuated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Extenuating}.] [L. extenuatus, p. p. of extenuare to make thin, loosen, weaken; ex out + tenuare to make thin, tenuis thin. See {Tenuity}.] 1. To make thin or slender; to draw out… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 extenuate — I verb absolve, acquit, allow for, attemper, attenuate, clear, condone, debilitate, deprive of strength, dilute, diminish, enervate, enfeeble, exculpate, excuse, exonerate, forgive, justify, lessen, levare, lighten, make allowance for, make… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Extenuate — Ex*ten u*ate, v. i. To become thinner; to make excuses; to advance palliating considerations. Burke. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Extenuate — Ex*ten u*ate, a. [L. extenuatus, p. p.] Thin; slender. [Obs.] Huloet. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 extenuate — 1520s, from L. extenuatus, pp. of extenuare lessen, make small, reduce, diminish, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + tenuare make thin, from tenuis thin (see TENET (Cf. tenet)). Related: Extenuated; …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 extenuate — vb 1 attenuate, *thin, dilute, rarefy Analogous words: diminish, lessen, reduce, *decrease: *weaken, enfeeble, debilitate: *moderate, temper, qualify Antonyms: intensify Contrasted words: aggravate, heighten, enhance (see INTENSIFY) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 extenuate — means ‘to lessen or reduce the seriousness of (guilt or an offence)’ and usually occurs in the participial form extenuating: • Poverty and desperation are extenuating factors in Bangladesh, but not in the United States New Yorker, 1973 • The law… …

    Modern English usage

  • 8 extenuate — [v] lessen, mitigate decrease, diminish, downplay, excuse, justify, make allowances, minimize, moderate, palliate, qualify, reduce, soften; concepts 247,698,776 …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 extenuate — ► VERB 1) (usu. as adj. extenuating) lessen the seriousness of (an offence) by referring to a factor that helps excuse it. 2) (extenuated) literary thin. DERIVATIVES extenuation noun extenuatory adjective. ORIGIN …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 extenuate — [ek sten′yo͞o āt΄, iksten′yo͞o āt΄] vt. extenuated, extenuating [< L extenuatus, pp. of extenuare < ex , out + tenuare, to make thin < tenuis, THIN] 1. Archaic to make thin or lean 2. Now Rare to diminish or weaken 3. to lessen or seem… …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 extenuate — extenuating, adj. extenuatingly, adv. extenuative, adj. extenuator, n. /ik sten yooh ayt /, v.t., extenuated, extenuating. 1. to represent (a fault, offense, etc.) as less serious: to extenuate a crime. 2. to serve to make (a fault, offense,… …

    Universalium

  • 12 extenuate — /əkˈstɛnjueɪt / (say uhk stenyoohayt), /ɛk / (say ek ) verb (t) (extenuated, extenuating) 1. to represent (a fault, offence, etc.) as less serious, or (the offender) as less culpable: *a farrago of myths and prejudices which attempt to extenuate… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 extenuate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. excuse, forgive, pardon, mitigate, palliate; attenuate; diminish, weaken. See vindication, weakness, decrease. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. reduce, lessen, diminish, palliate, mitigate, qualify,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 extenuate — transitive verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Latin extenuatus, past participle of extenuare, from ex + tenuis thin more at thin Date: 1529 1. a. archaic to make light of b. to lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of by making partial …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 extenuate — v. [L. ex, out of; tenuis, thin] To make or become thin or slender; to diminish …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 16 extenuate — verb a) To make thin or slender; to draw out so as to lessen the thickness. b) To lessen; to palliate; to lessen or weaken the force of; to diminish the …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 extenuate — Synonyms and related words: abate, allay, alleviate, allow for, apologize, assuage, attemper, attenuate, bank the fire, bate, blunt, chasten, color, constrain, control, cramp, cripple, damp, dampen, de emphasize, deaden, debilitate, devitalize,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 extenuate — ex·ten·u·ate || ek stenjÊŠeɪt v. reduce the seriousness of (an action or guilt); make smaller, make thin (Archaic) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 extenuate — [ɪk stɛnjʊeɪt, ɛk ] verb [usu. as adjective extenuating] lessen the seriousness of (guilt or an offence) by reference to a mitigating factor. Derivatives extenuation noun extenuatory jʊət(ə)ri adjective Origin ME (in the sense …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 extenuate — v. a. 1. Lessen, diminish, reduce in size or bulk. 2. Palliate, mitigate, qualify, excuse, apologize for …

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