• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Extenuative tending to extenuate: palliative
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. extenuāre, -ātumex, inten., tenuis, thin.


In literature:

The error of the Federalists can, however, be excused by many extenuating circumstances.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
To them I merely plead "guilty," and say nothing of extenuating circumstances.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
You see," he added as an extenuation, "I was pretty well jagged myself.
"The Uphill Climb" by B. M. Bower
The position of the plenipotentiaries was unenviable at best and they well deserve the benefit of extenuating circumstances.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
No extenuating circumstance suggests itself.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
Our motives, which I mention by way of extenuation, not of defence, were these.
"Handbook of Home Rule (1887)" by W. E. Gladstone et al.
Can you not consider this a plea for extenuating circumstances?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 102, May 7, 1892" by Various
In order to analyze a body it is necessary to extenuate or destroy it.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
Hugh had in the past leaned heavily on extenuating circumstances.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
As to the other matters objected against me, which in their turn I shall mention to you, remember once more I do not mean to extenuate or excuse.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter.
"American Eloquence, Volume I. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1896)" by Various
Whatever crimes may be condoned in Alexander, it is difficult to extenuate this traffic with the Turks.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
Without exaggeration and without extenuation.
"New Faces" by Myra Kelly
For my part, I could say, 'Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice.
"Holidays at the Grange or A Week's Delight" by Emily Mayer Higgins
In every respect they were so evenly matched that the test of battle could have no aftermath of extenuation.
"The Fight for a Free Sea: A Chronicle of the War of 1812" by Ralph D. Paine
Let me however say a few words in extenuation of my folly.
"Isabel Leicester" by Clotilda Jennings
Follows hard on his track with active spirit Prometheus, Bearing extenuate sign of penalties suffer'd in bygones.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
There are certain extenuating circumstances which we recognize; self-defense, for example.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
He felt ashamed of himself, and in his self-humiliation saw neither defence nor extenuation for his conduct.
"The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch" by Talbot Baines Reed
Is there aught more that ye would say in extenuation of your crime?
"The Adventures of Dick Maitland" by Harry Collingwood

In poetry:

I do not extenuate Bunyan’s
Intemperate use of onions,
But if I knew a wicked agress
I would lend her The Pilgrim’s Progress.
"Clerihew – Bunyan" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley

In news:

Extenuating circumstance prompted Butler proxy votes.
Extenuating circumstance prompted Butler proxy votes.
"There were a lot of extenuating circumstances that led to the death of Nautical Disaster, both private and public," writes Berkeley Kent Austin, singer-guitarist for San Diego psych-rockers Heart Beat Trail.
OSU believed the NCAA, which allows provisions for extenuating circumstances, would grant the appeal as it has done in similar cases.
But I do so with extenuating circumstances.
The jury is still out on whether extenuating factors from around the world will impact the US economy and send us into another recession by 2014.
Philip Dosskey was recently booked into the Pierce County jail and charged with retail theft with extenuating circumstances.

In science:

Figure 22: Typical extenuation figure obtained in the K band region during our piezo scan.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
The red line is the fit of the extenuation function whose parameters are available in the upper right corner of the box.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
Such defocussing of the slit induces a loss of spectral resolution, and the extenuation of the visibility with the piston (sect. E.3 worsens: in LR mode, the maximum tolerable piston drops to ±20 microns.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
Table 2 presents the ’equivalent coherence length’ ∆λ of the extenuation of V 2 as a function of piston ’opd’.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report