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Synonyms for extenuate
ɪkˈstɛn yuˌeɪtex·ten·u·ate

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. extenuate

    Cloak, from the French, and palliate, from the Latin, are the same in original signification, but have diverged in meaning; a cloak may be used to hide completely the person or some object carried about the person, or it may but partly veil the figure, making the outlines less distinct; cloak is used in the former, palliate, in the latter sense; to cloak a sin is to attempt to hide it from discovery; to palliate it is to attempt to hide some part of its blameworthiness. "When we palliate our own or others' faults we do not seek to cloke them altogether, but only to extenuate the guilt of them in part." Trench Study of Words lect. vi, p. 266. Either to palliate or to extenuate is to admit the fault; but to extenuate is rather to apologize for the offender, while to palliate is to disguise the fault; hence, we speak of extenuating but not of palliating circumstances, since circumstances can not change the inherent wrong of an act, tho they may lessen the blameworthiness of him who does it; palliating a bad thing by giving it a mild name does not make it less evil. In reference to diseases, to palliate is really to diminish their violence, or partly to relieve the sufferer. Compare ALLEVIATE; HIDE.

    Synonyms:
    apologize for, cloak, conceal, cover, gloss over, hide, mitigate, palliate, screen, veil

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. extenuate

    Synonyms:
    mitigate, qualify, palliate

    Antonyms:
    aggravate, heighten, enhance

Princeton's WordNet

  1. extenuate, palliate, mitigateverb

    lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

    "The circumstances extenuate the crime"

    Synonyms:
    relieve, assuage, palliate, mitigate, alleviate

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  1. extenuateverb

    Synonyms:
    lessen, diminish, reduce in size or bulk

  2. extenuateverb

    Synonyms:
    palliate, mitigate, qualify, excuse, apologize for

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How to use extenuate in a sentence?

  1. Patrick Henry:

    There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace, peacebut there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!

  2. Fairfield Osborne:

    We do not live to extenuate the miseries of the past nor to accept as incurable those of the present.

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