noun see extenuate

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Extenuator — Ex*ten u*a tor, n. One who extenuates. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • extenuator — See extenuative. * * * …   Universalium

  • extenuator — ex·ten·u·a·tor …   English syllables

  • extenuator — ˌwād.ə(r) noun ( s) : one that extenuates …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • extenuate —   v.t. reduce; weaken; excuse.    ♦ extenuation,    ♦ extenuator, n.    ♦ extenuative,    ♦ extenuatory, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • 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

  • pal|li|a|tor — «PAL ee AY tuhr», noun. a person who palliates; extenuator …   Useful english dictionary

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