verb (extenuat, ing)
Etymology: extenuatus, past participle of extenuare to make thin, loosen, weaken; ex out + tenuare to make thin, tenuis thin.
- (transitive) To make thin or slender; to draw out so as to lessen the thickness.
- (transitive) To lessen; to palliate; to lessen or weaken the force of; to diminish the conception of, as crime, guilt, faults, ills, accusations, etc.; -- opposed to aggravate.
- (obsolete) To lower or degrade; to detract from.
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