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extenuate

verb

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  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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