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Word of the Day 10/28/19 Extenuate

Extenuate (verb)
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.
4. Archaic.
a. to make thin, lean, or emaciated.
b. to reduce the consistency or density of.

RELATED FORMS
ex·ten·u·at·ing, adjective
ex·ten·u·a·tive, adjective
ex·ten·u·a·tor, noun
non·ex·ten·u·a·tive, adjective

RELATED WORDS
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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