extenuation extenuation


  1. (n) a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances
  2. (n) to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious



  1. It has always been noted in extenuation that literary satire thrives on vile bodies and that swinishness justifies a measure of pique.
  2. Whatever financial profits it may yield and whatever may be said in extenuation of it as a diversion, it cannot escape severe censure as outright gambling on a large scale.
  3. In extenuation neither have I written anything about it.
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