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extenuate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of extenuate

  1. to make (something) seem less bad by offering excuses <don't even try to extenuate their vandalism of the cemetery with the old refrain of “Boys will be boys”> Synonyms deodorize, excuse, explain away, palliate, gloss (over), gloze (over), whitewashRelated Words sugarcoat, varnish; apologize, atone, confess; account (for), explain, justify, rationalize; minimize, play down, soft-pedal; alleviate, ease, lessen, lighten, mitigate, moderate, soften, temper; absolve, acquit, clear, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate




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