Extenuated
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 so as to lessen the thickness. [1913 Webster]

His body behind the head becomes broad, from whence it is again extenuated all the way to the tail. --Grew. [1913 Webster]

2. To lessen; to palliate; to lessen or weaken the force of; to diminish the conception of, as crime, guilt, faults, ills, accusations, etc.; -- opposed to {aggravate}. [1913 Webster]

But fortune there extenuates the crime. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Let us extenuate, conceal, adorn the unpleasing reality. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

3. To lower or degrade; to detract from. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Who can extenuate thee? --Milton.

Syn: To palliate; to mitigate. See {Palliate}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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