Definition of extenuate in English:


Line breaks: ex|tenu|ate
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstɛnjʊeɪt
, ɛk-/


[with object]
  • 2 (usually as adjective extenuated) • literary Make (someone) thin: drawings of extenuated figures
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    • A doctrinal synthesis may be a negative guide, eliminating erroneous interpretation, but only in a very extenuated sense would it be a positive aid to interpretation.
    • Both outfits extenuated the tans and muscles that had grown over the summer.
    • Its rather angular and extenuated figures are reminiscent of those of a pyxis in Berkeley which has already been discussed in its relation to our painter.



Pronunciation: /-ˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Lawyer Mark Waple, who has handled a number of cases on Fort Bragg, said the recent revelations ‘seem to be more along the lines of extenuation and mitigation rather than any defence.’
  • This is a hard doctrine, but one that has undiminished resonance for us in our own era, whose search for extenuation and victimization diminishes rather than ennobles all it touches.
  • Magee argues that Wagner's anti-Semitism, though reprehensible, was not mirrored in his work, but his extenuations have the tone of a capable defense attorney pleading for us to exercise reasonable doubt.


Pronunciation: /-jʊət(ə)ri/
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  • Here are some examples of manslaughter arising from extenuatory considerations in fact.
  • The extenuatory sentencing circumstances are various circumstances synoptically provided by the penal code, represent the actors' public harm and personal danger, and can be applied with extenuation in sentences.


late Middle English (in the sense 'make thin'): from Latin extenuat- 'made thin', from the verb extenuare (based on tenuis 'thin').

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