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Definition 1: to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for extenuation in the sense of this definition

(extenuation is a kind of ...) the act of decreasing or reducing something

Definition 2: a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for extenuation in the sense of this definition

(extenuation is a kind of ...) a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.

"he kept finding excuses to stay" "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job" "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"

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