extenuate [ ik-sten-yoo-eyt ]
verb (used with object), ex·ten·u·at·ed, ex·ten·u·at·ing.
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.
a. to make thin, lean, or emaciated.
b. to reduce the consistency or density of.
palliate, minimize, reduce, soften, excuse, qualify, decrease, diminish, downplay, moderate, justify
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Origin: 1375–1425; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin extenuātus, past participle of extenuāre, equivalent to ex- ex- + tenuāre to make thin or small; see -ate
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