HyperDic: extenuation

English > 2 senses of the word extenuation:
NOUNcommunicationextenuation, mitigationa partial excuse to mitigate censure
actextenuation, mitigation, palliationto act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious
English > extenuation: 2 senses > noun 1, communication
MeaningA partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances.
Synonymmitigation
Broaderexcuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justificationA defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
Verbsextenuatelessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
English > extenuation: 2 senses > noun 2, act
MeaningTo act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious.
Synonymsmitigation, palliation
Broaderdecrease, diminution, reduction, step-downThe act of decreasing or reducing something
Spanishatenuación, extenuación, mitigación
Catalanatenuació, extenuació, mitigació
Verbsextenuatelessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

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