Mit`i*ga"tion (?), n. [OE. mitigacioun, F. mitigation, fr. L. mitigatio.]
The act of mitigating, or the state of being mitigated; abatement or diminution of anything painful, harsh, severe, afflictive, or calamitous; as, the mitigation of pain, grief, rigor, severity, punishment, or penalty.
Syn. -- Alleviation; abatement; relief.
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