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extenuation

[ik-sten-yoo-ey-shuh n] /ɪkˌstɛn yuˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of extenuating.
2.
the state of being extenuated.
3.
something that extenuates; a partial excuse:
The youth of the defendant served as an extenuation.
Origin of extenuation
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English extenuacioun < Latin extenuātiōn- (stem of extenuātiō). See extenuate, -ion
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  • extenuation, dissimulation even, would have been a distinct solace.

    Where the Trail Divides Will Lillibridge
  • "He attacked me like the low ruffian that he is," pleaded Halbert, in extenuation.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • But it must be remembered in extenuation that the age in which Paris lived was a lawless and disturbed one.

  • You heard him plead, in extenuation of his fault, his mode of life, his rearing.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • It must be remembered in extenuation that he was just beginning his parliamentary education.

  • From the British point of view there was much to be said in extenuation of the practice.

    Union and Democracy Allen Johnson
  • I may urge in extenuation of all shortcomings that it was written in the intervals of a busy though ill-paying practice.

    My First Book: Various
  • It had its faults, but it can at least be said of it, in extenuation, that it was very human.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • He does not seem to have had even a fondness for fruit to plead in extenuation of his larceny.

  • My only plea in extenuation is that I loved her dearly and devotedly.

    Hushed Up William Le Queux
Word Origin and History for extenuation
n.

early 15c., from Latin extenuationem (nominative extenuatio), noun of action from past participle stem of extenuare (see extenuate).

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