extenuate

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extenuate

(iksten´ūāt´),
v to lessen; to mitigate.
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Let him now be confronted with the evidence of the fact, and let him, if he be able, justify or extenuate the shameful outrage he has offered to the dictates of truth and to the rules of fair dealing.
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.