extenuate


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extenuate

(iksten´ūāt´),
v to lessen; to mitigate.
References in classic literature ?
It was a small estate that brought in no profit," replied Prince Andrew, trying to extenuate his action so as not to irritate the old man uselessly.
Da Souza entered presently, apologetic and abject, prepared at the same time to extenuate and deny.
In the several debates upon this impeachment, it must be confessed that his majesty gave many marks of his great lenity; often urging the services you had done him, and endeavouring to extenuate your crimes.