Ex*ten"u*ate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Extenuated(?); p. pr. & vb. n. Extenuating(?).] [L. extenuatus, p. p. of extenuare to make thin, loosen, weaken; ex out + tenuare to make thin, tenuis thin. See Tenuity.]


To make thin or slender; to draw out so as to lessen the thickness.

His body behind the head becomes broad, from whence it is again extenuated all the way to the tail. Grew.


To lessen; to palliate; to lessen or weaken the force of; to diminish the conception of, as crime, guilt, faults, ills, accusations, etc.; -- opposed to aggravate.

But fortune there extenuates the crime. Dryden.

Let us extenuate, conceal, adorn the unpleasing reality. I. Taylor.


To lower or degrade; to detract from.


Who can extenuate thee? Milton.

Syn. -- To palliate; to mitigate. See Palliate.


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Ex*ten"u*ate, v. i.

To become thinner; to make excuses; to advance palliating considerations.



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Ex*ten"u*ate (?), a. [L. extenuatus, p. p.]

Thin; slender.




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