Extenuation - definition, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˌstenjʊˈeɪʃən|
Brit.  |ɪkˌstenjʊˈeɪʃən|

noun

- a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances (syn: mitigation)
- to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious (syn: mitigation, palliation)

Examples

They were clad in silken extenuations from the throat to the feet.

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