Ex·ten·u·a·tion n. 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.
n 1: a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to
represent an offense as less serious than it appears by
showing mitigating circumstances [syn: mitigation]
2: to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less
serious [syn: mitigation, palliation]