• WordNet 3.6
    • n extenuation to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious
    • n extenuation a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Extenuation The act of axtenuating or the state of being extenuated; the act of making thin, slender, or lean, or of palliating; diminishing, or lessening; palliation, as of a crime; mitigation, as of punishment. "To listen . . . to every extenuation of what is evil."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n extenuation The act of making thin; the process of growing thin or lean; the losing of flesh.
    • n extenuation The act of making less, or that which makes less, in importance or degree; a diminishing of blame or guilt in fact or in estimation; mitigation; palliation: as, his faults deserve no extenuation; a charitable purpose is no extenuation of crime.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Extenuation act of representing anything as less wrong or criminal than it is: palliation: mitigation
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. extenuatio,: cf. F. exténuation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. extenuāre, -ātumex, inten., tenuis, thin.


In literature:

Such things happen in a1l wars as isolated instances, and the circumstances may be pleaded in extenuation of acts otherwise shocking.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 3, June, 1915" by Various
He hides nothing, he excuses nothing, he extenuates nothing.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
It is much more truly an extenuating circumstance than the majority of pleas which receive the name.
"Crime and Its Causes" by William Douglas Morrison
Thus the true self first exists, and no longer needs to be extenuated or apologised for.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 76, February, 1864" by Various
It may be said in extenuation of Dickens that the blemish of obviousness is one which he shared with the world he lived in.
"Humanly Speaking" by Samuel McChord Crothers
I could explain further in extenuation of my strange nature.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
The 'gentlemen' lays on hard, but the lady extenuates, 'in regard to it's bein' jinteel.
"The Emigrants Of Ahadarra The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
I do not say this to extenuate my crime, but to let you know the exact truth.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
We hinted to the inspector our opinion, and he frankly acknowledged that such was the case, but he offered a plea in extenuation.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
Then, "I shouldn't call that an extenuating circumstance," he mentioned wryly.
"The Palace of Darkened Windows" by Mary Hastings Bradley

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