extenuation, dissimulation even, would have been a distinct solace.
"He attacked me like the low ruffian that he is," pleaded Halbert, in extenuation.
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.
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.
I may urge in extenuation of all shortcomings that it was written in the intervals of a busy though ill-paying practice.
It had its faults, but it can at least be said of it, in extenuation, that it was very human.
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.