1. to represent (a fault, offense, etc.) as less serious: to extenuate a crime.
2. to serve to make (a fault, offense, etc.) seem less serious.
3. to underestimate, underrate, or make light of: Do not extenuate the difficulties we are in.
Wordsmith Wednesdays made-up example sentence:
They suspected corruption when his charges were too obviously extenuated.
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