He knows there are, well, extenuating circumstances.
Kass Morgan -- The 100
There were extenuating circumstances in their case—they were married, they had a child.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Bones
Were such a man once more to fall, what plea could be urged in extenuation of his crime?
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
"I shall bring that forward as an extenuating circumstance," replied Eugenie.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
Counsel for the defense raised his arms to heaven and pleaded guilty, but with extenuating circumstances.
Albert Camus -- The Stranger
"It was a small estate that brought in no profit," replied Prince Andrew, trying to extenuate his action so as not to irritate the old man uselessly.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
Neither Mrs. Maylie, nor Harry, nor Rose (who all came in together), could offer a word in extenuation.
Charles Dickens -- Oliver Twist
There are extenuating circumstances.
Agatha Christie -- Murder On The Orient Express
— For you, fair Hermia, look you arm yourself To fit your fancies to your father’s will, Or else the law of Athens yields you up,— Which by no means we may extenuate,— To death, or to a vow of single life.
William Shakespeare -- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
I could no longer plead extenuating circumstances: I could not demean myself by trying to explain—
Baroness Orczy -- The Scarlet Pimpernel
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That is the result of all this leave, I plead in extenuation.
Erich Maria Remarque -- All Quiet on the Western Front
— I hope this history of my conduct towards her will be admitted by you and my father as great extenuation of what you saw amiss.
Jane Austen -- Emma
And in the end the criminal was, in consideration of extenuating circumstances, condemned to penal servitude in the second class for a term of eight years only.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Crime and Punishment
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER We routinely disqualify testimony that would plead for extenuation.
William P. Young -- The Shack
I sometimes thought of standing my trial, for, although I could not deny the facts alleged in the several articles, yet I hoped they would admit of some extenuation.
Jonathan Swift -- Gulliver’s Travels
Miss Bennet was the only creature who could suppose there might be any extenuating circumstances in the case, unknown to the society of Hertfordshire; her mild and steady candour always pleaded for allowances, and urged the possibility of mistakes—but by everybody else Mr. Darcy was condemned as the worst of men.
Jane Austen -- Pride and Prejudice
This outrage committed on "the most holy sacrament of the altar," though but temporary, would not depart from these holy souls, and it seemed to them that it could only be extenuated by a "Perpetual Adoration" in some female monastery.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
On what grounds, he asks, can this Court make any recommendation to mercy? I have given this long and serious thought, and I cannot find any extenuating circumstances.
Alan Paton -- Cry, the Beloved Country
That I could suggest anything in extenuation!
Jane Austen -- Northanger Abbey
And before a court less arbitrary and more merciful than a martial one, that plea would largely extenuate.
Herman Melville -- Billy Budd
The question of his death is enroll’d in the Capitol, his glory not extenuated, wherein he was worthy;, nor his offenses enforced, for which he suffered death.
William Shakespeare -- Julius Caesar
He ended, and the heavenly audience loud Sung Halleluiah, as the sound of seas, Through multitude that sung: Just are thy ways, Righteous are thy decrees on all thy works; Who can extenuate thee?
John Milton -- Paradise Lost
The road would be none the smoother for it, the end would be none the better for it, he would not be helped, nor I extenuated.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
Thus they conversed; and there was nobody to set before Elizabeth any extenuation of the absent one’s deceit.
Thomas Hardy -- The Mayor of Casterbridge
And whenever Mrs. Gummidge was overcome in a similar manner during the remainder of our stay (which happened some few times), he always said the same thing in extenuation of the circumstance, and always with the tenderest commiseration.
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
But the results, we know, were not of a kind to warrant this extenuation of the past.
George Eliot -- The Mill on the Floss
The circumstances of his marriage, too, were found to admit of much extenuation.
Jane Austen -- Persuasion
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter.
Patrick Henry -- Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
"Imprudent people are often kind," said Mrs. Archer, as if the fact were scarcely an extenuation; and Mrs. van der Luyden murmured: "If only she had consulted some one—"
Edith Wharton -- The Age of Innocence
—I pray you, in your letters, When you shall these unlucky deeds relate, Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate, Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak Of one that loved not wisely, but too well; Of one not easily jealous, but, being wrought, Perplex’d in the extreme; of one whose hand, Like the base Judean, threw a pearl away Richer than all his tribe; of one whose subdu’d eyes, Albeit unused to the melting mood, Drop tears as fast as the Arabian trees Their medicinal gum.
William Shakespeare -- Othello, the Moor of Venice
My self-extenuation sounded unexpectedly and thoroughly foolish even to me who had believed in it with all my heart.
Hermann Hesse -- Steppenwolf
Confound her, I couldn’t make her see that sudden passion is an extenuating circumstance in the killing of venison—or of a person—so I gave it up and let her sulk it out.
Mark Twain -- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
I know what you would say: if I have known her, You’ll say she did embrace me as a husband, And so extenuate theforehand sin: No, Leonato, I never tempted her with word too large; But, as a brother to his sister, show’d Bashful sincerity and comely love.
William Shakespeare -- Much Ado About Nothing
If I were in a court of law seeking mercy for an ignominious act, I would have to plead extenuating circumstances.
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Supremacy
You may not so extenuate his offence For I have had such faults; but rather tell me, When I, that censure him, do so offend, Let mine own judgment pattern out my death, And nothing come in partial.
William Shakespeare -- Measure for Measure
Broadsides in the streets, signed with her father’s name, exonerating the late Stephen Blackpool, weaver, from misplaced suspicion, and publishing the guilt of his own son, with such extenuation as his years and temptation (he could not bring himself to add, his education) might beseech; were of the Present.
Charles Dickens -- Hard Times
Carry’s vague presentment of Mrs. Norma Hatch (whose reversion to her Christian name was explained as the result of her latest divorce), left her under the implication of coming "from the West," with the not unusual extenuation of having brought a great deal of money with her.
Edith Wharton -- The House of Mirth
Isabel cared little more for him than for the tapestry that she held in her hand; but it was true that he was an old friend and that with her husband she felt a desire not to extenuate such ties.
Henry James -- The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
In this controversy the whole company spoke together, and every man seemed wholly bent to extenuate the sum which fell to his share; so that the most probable conclusion which could be foreseen was, that a large portion of the reckoning would fall to the landlord’s share to pay, or (what is much the same thing) would remain unpaid.
Henry Fielding -- Tom Jones
"Well, what if I did say it?" replied Roberta defiantly and even bitterly, but without a word in extenuation, for her thought was now that unquestionably Grace was pretending to catechize her on moral grounds, whereas in reality the real source of her anger and pique was that Roberta was slipping away from and hence neglecting her.
Theodore Dreiser -- An American Tragedy
Catherine had very little to tell, and she had no talent for sketching; but before he went she had confided to him that she had a secret passion for the theatre, which had been but scantily gratified, and a taste for operatic music—that of Bellini and Donizetti, in especial (it must be remembered in extenuation of this primitive young woman that she held these opinions in an age of general darkness)—which she rarely had an occasion to hear, except on the hand-organ.
Henry James -- Washington Square
Cleopatra, know We will extenuate rather than enforce: If you apply yourself to our intents,— Which towards you are most gentle,—you shall find A benefit in this change; but if you seek To lay on me a cruelty, by taking Antony’s course, you shall bereave yourself Of my good purposes, and put your children To that destruction which I’ll guard them from, If thereon you rely.
William Shakespeare -- Antony and Cleopatra
…applied to perfectly normal human instinct which you Anglo-Saxons insist upon calling lust and in whose service you revert in sabbaticals to the primordial caverns, the fall from what you call grace fogged and clouded by Heaven-defying words of extenuation and explanation, the return to grace heralded by Heaven-placating cries of satiated abasement and flagellation, in neither of which—the defiance or the placation—can Heaven find interest or even, after the first two or three times,…
William Faulkner -- Absalom, Absalom!
When there are extenuating circumstances.
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Ultimatum
They may extenuate, but can they ac quit?
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Pioneers
And her effort at sympathy, at extenuation, failed utterly before her pride.
Zane Grey -- The Light of Western Stars
Detective said there were extenuating circumstances.
James Patterson -- Kiss the Girls
And yet, Pendelton reasoned, these were extenuating circumstances.
Alexs Pate -- Amistad
There were extenuating circumstances …. or were they aggravating?
Eugene Ionesco -- Rhinoceros
Having declined to testify, do you have any statement to make in mitigation or extenuation?