Definition of extenuation
- … it was never her aspiration to express herself virtuously so much as cleverly—a point to be remembered in extenuation of her words, which were usually worse than she was.
- —George Eliot
- The best we can say in extenuation is to point out that glory rather than greed prompted this act of injustice to a seaman.
- —Samuel Eliot Morison
- He persuades us that … he was poor and that he was financially burdened with a wife and four children. One shudders for any contemporary wretch who would come before Safire's pen with a similar budget of extenuations.
- —Thomas Flanagan