extenuate


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extenuate

to represent an offence or fault as being less serious than it appears, as by showing mitigating circumstances.
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Baghdad, (NINA) -The Supreme Judicial Council denied a deal between the Iraqi government and the French government to extenuate the death penalty for those convicted of the French nationality.
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