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extenuation


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Extenuation  \Ex*ten`u*a"tion\,  n.  [L.  extenuatio:  cf  F. 
  ext['e]nuation.] 
  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. 
  --I.  Taylor. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  extenuation 
  n  :  to  act  in  such  a  way  as  to  cause  an  offense  to  seem  less 
  serious  [syn:  {mitigation},  {palliation}] 




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