Extenuate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈstenjuːˌet|  American pronunciation of the word extenuate
Brit.  |ɪkˈstɛnjʊeɪt|  British pronunciation of the word extenuate

verb

- lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of(syn: mitigate, palliate)

The circumstances extenuate the crime

Examples

...don't even try to extenuate their vandalism of the cemetery with the old refrain of “Boys will be boys”...

The circumstances extenuate the crime

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