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extenuate

verb

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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"

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“Extenuate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/extenuate. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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