extenuate

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extenuate

verb absolve, acquit, allow for, attemper, attenuate, clear, condone, debilitate, deprive of strength, diminish, enervate, enfeeble, exculpate, excuse, forgive, justify, lessen, levare, lighten, make allowance for, make excuses for, make less serious, minuere, mitigare, mitigate, moderate, palliate, pardon, qualify, reduce, reduce in strength, soften, temper, thin, vindicate, weaken
See also: alleviate, attenuate, dilute, diminish, ease, excuse, lessen, moderate, modify, palliate

extenuate

to represent an offence or fault as being less serious than it appears, as by showing mitigating circumstances.
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one of rape and domination, women appear as mere objects of possession, vessels into which the men pour their anger and frustration, extenuations of the feelings and acts of war.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, noone's listening to the extenuations any more.
For all of his extenuations, Wolff recognizes that something did go woefully askew with O'Hara and his work.