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  • This mitigating circumstance prevents us from coming to a verdict.   (source)
    mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
  • None of that, however, had mitigated the reluctance of her publishers to bring out her complete collected works (tentatively called The Farthest Shore).   (source)
    mitigated = reduced
  • Veterans of the factory knew that these didn't prevent or mitigate the accidents, nor did they protect workers from heat exhaustion or respiratory diseases.   (source)
    mitigate = make less harmful
  • Nothing you have said is any defense, nor even any mitigation; you don't seem to know the score nor have any idea of your duty as a soldier.   (source)
    mitigation = reduction in harm
  • She smiled at Lane--in a sense, genuinely--and at that moment a smile in return might at least have mitigated to some small extent certain events that were to follow, but...   (source)
    mitigated = made less harmful
  • On the other hand, there could be mitigation in your case.   (source)
    mitigation = reduction in harm or unpleasantness
  • And, also, the law permits the offering of evidence toward the mitigation of punishment.   (source)
    mitigation = reduction (of something bad)
  • The intended slight was emphasised by ... and by the uniform wording of the notes, in all of which the writers "regretted that they were unable to accept," without the mitigating plea of a "previous engagement" that ordinary courtesy prescribed.   (source)
    mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
  • he deserves great praise on account of the laws passed this session, by which the rigour of former statutes was much mitigated, and some security given to the freedom of the constitution.   (source)
    mitigated = made less harmful or unpleasant
  • How can you say you don't want a mitigation of sentence?   (source)
    mitigation = reduction (in harm or unpleasantness)
  • I represented your failings in a plain light, for the purpose of mitigating her adoration.   (source)
    mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
  • money mitigates many trials;   (source)
    mitigates = makes less harmful or unpleasant
  • His dark, square countenance ... would, perhaps, have been rather stern, had not the gentleman considerately taken upon himself to mitigate the harsh effect by a look of exceeding good-humor and benevolence.   (source)
    mitigate = make less unpleasant
  • as the fact of becoming a prince from a private station presupposes either ability or fortune, it is clear that one or other of these things will mitigate ... many difficulties.   (source)
    mitigate = make less harmful
  • Considering mitigating circumstances, you'll serve maybe six or seven years.†   (source)
  • None of this compelling mitigating evidence was presented at trial, and it should have been.†   (source)
  • Skirted them, mitigated them.†   (source)
  • The silence that followed was partly mitigated by the drone of the filtration pump.†   (source)
  • My tremendous sense of relief that I had a canopy and wasn't going to die was mitigated by the rope burns on both sides of my face.†   (source)
  • A minor fine, mitigating circumstances.†   (source)
  • My father tried to mitigate the loss for me by occupying me with a private tutor and riding lessons and art lessons.†   (source)
  • The problem is also mitigated by depth.†   (source)
  • Time mitigated his mad proposal, but it aggravated his feelings of frustration.†   (source)
  • At the end of autumn, when the family had calmed down about Father Restrepo, who was forced to mitigate his inquisitional behavior after the bishop had personally warned him to leave little Clara del Valle alone, and when they had all resigned themselves to the fact that Uncle Marcos was truly dead, Severo's political designs began to take shape.†   (source)
  • The nightly visits of our Coloured warder went a long way to mitigate the harshness of the island.†   (source)
  • And how do I tell Aldous, how do I tell any of them, that the music, the adrenaline, the love, all the things that mitigate how hard this has become, all of that's gone?†   (source)
  • But even the truth would do little to mitigate his father's confusion.†   (source)
  • Perhaps to mitigate her loneliness, Ruth invited Marina Oswald to live at her home, despite knowing that the young mother has no money to contribute.†   (source)
  • "Because people are slow learners, like your sister," Clara said, grinning at Betsey to mitigate the criticism.†   (source)
  • Oddly, the other photograph, of the grown Hal, gave full mitigation.†   (source)
  • 'I don't believe anything you tell me,' Nately replied, with a bashful mitigating smile.†   (source)
  • Since they were both U.S. citizens, the government might seek to mitigate their pain.†   (source)
  • Other factors in the defendant's background mitigate against the death sentence.†   (source)
  • The one mitigating factor in this uncommon relationship was the fact that Svensson also respected Carlos.†   (source)
  • I say this to you who will not consider it as any reflection upon the memory of our dear parents, but only as a proof how much of the best and worthiest may err, and as some mitigation for the conduct of our deceased relatives.†   (source)
  • In another time, if I felt it unavoidable, I would have presented the fact solely to mitigate the ill sweep of my own activities.†   (source)
  • Therefore, we may infer that a single man would most carefully study the motives that might plead for a mitigation of the rigor of the law.†   (source)
  • He did the same thing with the mitigation expert.†   (source)
  • Perhaps writing is an attempt at mitigating that early frustration.†   (source)
  • There is nothing I can do about it, although, over the years I have at least learned how to mitigate the consequences by pretending, with some skill, that I am not involved, and that the rumblings which others hear do not proceed from me.†   (source)
  • Perhaps it was such mitigating qualities (permitting Sophie to perfect her French, which he considered a decadent language; allowing her mother to indulge her love for composers other than Wagner, triflers like Faure and Debussy and Scarlatti) that caused Sophie to accept without any conscious resentment his complete domination of her life even after she was married.†   (source)
  • I did not want his mother to see: I washed him slowly, and massaged oil into his body, hoping to mitigate the whiteness of it, hoping to give colour to his skin, while he cried lustily, for he was a healthy child: and finally his mother called for him.†   (source)
  • Merely to over-ride a human will (as His felt presence in any but the faintest and most mitigated degree would certainly do) would be for Him useless.   (source)
    mitigated = made less harmful
  • their aged wisdom was constantly in a state of endurance mitigated by sarcasm.   (source)
    mitigated = made less harmful or unpleasant
  • The dislike, indeed, still subsisted; but it was penetrated here and there by the perception of mitigating qualities in him:   (source)
    mitigating = making less unpleasant
  • The arc of his social rise intersected the arc of his friend's decline, but Mr. Kernan's decline was mitigated by the fact that certain of those friends who had known him at his highest point of success still esteemed him as a character.   (source)
    mitigated = made less harmful or unpleasant
  • Sometimes I forget how we all need mitigation at some point.†   (source)
  • In a situation like that, mitigation is entirely appropriate.†   (source)
  • But this new element—the innocent child—put his lapse beyond mitigation.†   (source)
  • You kept talking about mitigation in that court.†   (source)
  • Just "running out of fuel, sir" at the end of a sentence, preceded by the mitigating "ah."†   (source)
  • Mitigation explains one of the great anomalies of plane crashes.†   (source)
  • Why does he keep talking about 'mitigation" like that?'†   (source)
  • Ratwatte took mitigation very seriously.†   (source)
  • This is the most mitigated statement of all.†   (source)
  • What was their great battle over mitigated speech and teamwork all about, after all?†   (source)
  • It is a crime beyond apology, mitigation, or reparation, and Galbatorix must be punished for it.†   (source)
  • I'd also like to know why you won't talk to the investigator or the mitigation expert.†   (source)
  • "It's going to be hard work to find mitigating circumstances in a triple murder," Fräklund said.†   (source)
  • My plea in mitigation lasted over an hour.†   (source)
  • Because there's also a column C. MITIGATING FACTORS.†   (source)
  • Having declined to testify, do you have any statement to make in mitigation or extenuation?†   (source)
  • Before the sentence was to be passed, there were two pleas in mitigation.†   (source)
  • "In view of the mitigating," he says.†   (source)
  • The discomfort that would normally overtake her in a situation like this is mirrored in—and mitigated by—Eric's own considerable unease.†   (source)
  • A client's life often depends on his lawyer's ability to create a mitigation narrative that contextualizes his poor decisions or violent behavior.†   (source)
  • I asked several courts to stay Herbert's execution because of his ineffective lawyer, racial bias during the trial, the inflammatory comments made by the prosecutor, and the lack of mitigation evidence presented.†   (source)
  • Chapter Ten — Mitigation   (source)
  • The first officers, on the other hand, were talking to their boss, and so they overwhelmingly chose the most mitigated alternative.†   (source)
  • Combating mitigation has become one of the great crusades in commercial aviation in the past fifteen years.†   (source)
  • In Fischer's and Orasanu's minds, there were at least six ways to try to persuade the pilot to change course and avoid the bad weather, each with a different level of mitigation.†   (source)
  • Aviation experts will tell you that it is the success of this war on mitigation as much as anything else that accounts for the extraordinary decline in airline accidents in recent years.†   (source)
  • They don't see any hierarchical gap between themselves and the pilots in the air, and to them, mitigated speech from a pilot doesn't mean the speaker is being appropriately deferential to a superior.†   (source)
  • For that matter, he did not say um, or ah, or use any form of conversational mitigation: his sentences came marching out, one after another, polished and crisp, like soldiers on a parade ground.†   (source)
  • It's zero mitigation.†   (source)
  • She wondered whether there might be another explanation or some mitigating circumstances, but she already knew it would be impossible to explain this away.†   (source)
  • One of his men could take out five of the Horde on any bad day, an advantage mitigated only by the fact that the Horde's army approached five hundred thousand strong.†   (source)
  • Kept awake by the gunfire whizzing over the roofs, she continued to evoke her husband's excellent qualities until daybreak, not reproaching him for any disloyalty other than his having died without her, which was mitigated by her conviction that he had never belonged to her as much as he did now that he was in the coffin nailed shut with a dozen three-inch nails and two meters under the ground.†   (source)
  • I could understand why she should become upset, that she was perhaps sad for the end of her maidenhood (which I thought then was the most precious ore of any woman), but hadn't I professed my devotion to her, hadn't I in mitigation said the words that should let her know what I was intending for us, after the war?†   (source)
  • Mrs. Daneeka had been widowed cruelly again, but this time her grief was mitigated somewhat by a notification from Washington that she was sole beneficiary of her husband's $10,000 GI insurance policy, which amount was obtainable by her on demand.†   (source)
  • Let us therefore agree that the idea of eternal return implies a perspective from which things appear other than as we know them: they appear without the mitigating circumstance of their transitory nature.†   (source)
  • The fact that Alexander Zalachenko (according to Salander's account) or possibly the cop killer Ronald Niedermann (according to testimony that Zalachenko had given before he was murdered at Sahlgrenska) had in turn attempted to kill Salander and bury her in a trench in woods nearby could in no way be held in mitigation of the fact that she had tracked down her father to Gosseberga with the express intention of killing him.†   (source)
  • I'd met him at a death-penalty seminar in Nashville five years earlier where he taught a class on the role of psychiatric evaluation in mitigation.†   (source)
  • His objective was somehow to watch out for Salander's interests—to discover the truth, preferably a truth in the form of a persuasively mitigating circumstance.†   (source)
  • The court was then adjourned until the following day, when I would have a chance to address the court in what is known as the plea in mitigation before the magistrate gave his sentence.†   (source)
  • But the police weren't taking into account whether she might have felt that her actions were justified—or whether there might be some mitigating circumstance or a reasonable explanation for her having gone berserk.†   (source)
  • But I bring this up not to excuse myself or to try to mitigate my actions or to confess.†   (source)
  • The impact of such contact on human society would be divisive rather than uniting, and would exacerbate rather than mitigate the conflicts between different cultures.†   (source)
  • He has seconds left now to say something, not that it would mitigate the indefensible but because he thinks he owes it to her.†   (source)
  • He spent a lot of time imagining what other people were thinking and feeling that might mitigate their behavior.†   (source)
  • We mitigate when we're being polite, or when we're ashamed or embarrassed, or when we're being deferential to authority.†   (source)
  • You mitigate.†   (source)
  • To Nasuada's disappointment, her human and dwarf guards had been hostile to the Urgals they served with, a reaction she anticipated but had been unable to avert or mitigate.†   (source)
  • The only frivolous attention they lavished on her was to comb her hair with bay rum to mitigate the dark-green hue it had when she was born; this despite the fact that Senator Trueba thought it should be left that way, since she was the only one who had inherited something from Rosa the Beautiful, even if, unfortunately, it was only the maritime color of her hair.†   (source)
  • I mourned over the fallen city, and even its fallen conquerors, because I was a man and a Christian, but their fate would neither sharpen nor mitigate my private woe.†   (source)
  • There were no alternatives, no mitigating considerations.†   (source)
  • Frank cast about in his mind for some mitigating information that would make the ladies feel better.†   (source)
  • But the whiteheaded children of Pigtail Alley they hated without humor, without any mitigation of a most bitter and alienate hate.†   (source)
  • A faint though guarded deference mitigated somewhat the irrevocable quality with which his voice always bound his words.†   (source)
  • And if there's some amount of sun in the dusty weep marks of the window, it can be even worse for the brain than those iron-deep clouds, just plain brutal and not mitigated.†   (source)
  • Some of the feeling of bitter hatred the women bore Scarlett for her share in the tragedy was mitigated by the knowledge that her husband was dead and she knew it and could not admit it and have the poor comfort of claiming his body.†   (source)
  • Yet how painful to be recalled, to be mitigated, to have one's self adulterated, mixed up, become part of another.†   (source)
  • Under this law the Court is able to hear evidence as to the aggravation or mitigation of the offense.†   (source)
  • And if anyone complains that prunes, even when mitigated by custard, are an uncharitable vegetable (fruit they are not), stringy as a miser's heart and exuding a fluid such as might run in misers' veins who have denied themselves wine and warmth.†   (source)
  • 54 The native Australian mythologies teach that the first initiation rites were carried out in such a way that all the young men were killed.55 The ritual is thus shown to be, among other things, a dramatized expression of the Oedipal aggression of the elder generation; and the circumcision, a mitigated castration.56 But the rites provide also for the cannibal, patricidal impulse of the younger, rising group of males, and at the same time reveal the benign self-giving aspect of the archetypal father; for during the long period of symbolical instruction, there is a time when the initiates are forced to live only on the fresh-drawn blood of the older men.†   (source)
  • Her face looked as if she knew his worst suffering and it was hers and she wished to bear it like this, coldly, asking no words of mitigation.†   (source)
  • Further, I want to prevail upon this Court to consider this boy's plea of guilty as evidence mitigating his punishment".†   (source)
  • The object of this law is to caution the Court to seek to find out why a man killed and to allow that why to be the measure of the mitigation of the punishment.†   (source)
  • The counsel for the defense claims, and would have this Court believe, that the mere act of entering a plea of guilty to this indictment should be accepted as evidence mitigating punishment.†   (source)
  • "A man commits two of the most horrible murders in the history of American civilization" he confesses" and his counsel would have us believe that because he pleads guilty after dodging the law, after attempting to murder the officers of the law, that his plea should be looked upon as evidence mitigating his punishment!†   (source)
  • The laws of this state allow the offering of evidence in mitigation of punishment, and I shall request, at such time as the Court deems best, that I be given the opportunity to offer evidence as to the mental and emotional attitude of this boy, to show the degree of responsibility he had in these crimes.†   (source)
  • Glenn brought her warm water, a mitigating circumstance.†   (source)
  • That a criminal was reared among male factors mitigates his fault in our eyes.†   (source)
  • This was the mitigated translation of his first indignation.†   (source)
  • That's just what I feared, that you wouldn't care about the mitigation of sentence.†   (source)
  • Chapter XVI: Causes Mitigating Tyranny In The United States—Part I. Chapter Summary.†   (source)
  • Chapter XVI: Causes Mitigating Tyranny In The United States—Part II.†   (source)
  • Many parties at long tables blurred into one great party and ate fondue—a peculiarly indigestible form of Welsh rarebit, mitigated by hot spiced wine.†   (source)
  • Her smoke mitigated the splendour, and the clouds down Oxford Street were a delicately painted ceiling, which adorned while it did not distract.†   (source)
  • This mitigated the pain of the injured member and held it in a quiet and restful position, where it had a chance to begin mending.†   (source)
  • There the news of her departure—expulsion as it might almost have been considered—was flashed upon him without warning or mitigation as he stood at the door expecting in a few minutes to behold her face; and when he turned away he could hardly see the road before him.†   (source)
  • "The address?" murmured Hugh Whitbread; and there was at once a ripple in the grey tide of service which washed round Lady Bruton day in, day out, collecting, intercepting, enveloping her in a fine tissue which broke concussions, mitigated interruptions, and spread round the house in Brook Street a fine net where things lodged and were picked out accurately, instantly, by grey-haired Perkins, who had been with Lady Bruton these thirty years and now wrote down the address; handed it to Mr. Whitbread, who took out his pocket-book, raised his eyebrows, and slipping it in among documents of the highest importance, said that he would get Evelyn to ask him to lunch.†   (source)
  • She ate dinner alone, looking her apprehension, which was not mitigated by the expressive fears of old Maria, the Mexican woman who served her.†   (source)
  • But the sleet storm passed, the clouds broke, the sun shone through, greatly mitigating her discomfort.†   (source)
  • Lily had thus formed, in the tumult of her surroundings, a little nucleus of friendly relations which mitigated the crudeness of her course in lingering with the Gormers after their return.†   (source)
  • Well, though many an arraigned mortal has in hopes of mitigated penalty pleaded guilty to horrible actions, did ever anybody seriously confess to envy?†   (source)
  • Why not come clean here and now as to those facts, anyhow, before it's too late to take advantage of any mitigating circumstances in connection with all this—if there are any?†   (source)
  • But when both hemorrhages and fever persisted, he had come up here for a long-term cure, which was paid for by his order and was now into its sixth year—hardly a cure by now and more a kind of categorical form of life at rarefied heights, mitigated by his duties as a teacher of Latin at the local school for tubercular boys.†   (source)
  • And that had not been brought out in the trial, because the false form of defense used permitted no explanation of the real truth then—and yet it was a mitigating circumstance, was it not—or would the Rev. McMillan think so?†   (source)
  • She had but a moment in which to consider whether this glimpse of the fireside man mitigated her repugnance, or gave it, rather, a more concrete and intimate form; for at sight of her he was immediately on his feet again, the florid and dominant Rosedale of Mattie Gormer's drawing-room.†   (source)
  • But even if Miss Bart, after her renewed taste of the amenities of life, could have returned to the barrenness of a New York August, mitigated only by poor Gerty's presence, her worldly wisdom would have counselled her against such an act of abnegation.†   (source)
  • The shock of dismay with which, on the dock, she had heard from Gerty Farish of Mrs. Peniston's sudden death, had been mitigated, almost at once, by the irrepressible thought that now, at last, she would be able to pay her debts.†   (source)
  • It mitigated the ugliness of the long crowded thoroughfare, blurred the gaunt roof-lines, threw a mauve veil over the discouraging perspective of the side streets, and gave a touch of poetry to the delicate haze of green that marked the entrance to the Park.†   (source)
  • On the contrary, in proportion as nations become more like each other, they become reciprocally more compassionate, and the law of nations is mitigated.†   (source)
  • If I were to plead anything in mitigation of the preposterous fancy that a bad design will sometimes claim to be a good and an expressly religious design, it would be the curious coincidence that it has been brought to its climax in these pages, in the days of the public examination of late Directors of a Royal British Bank.†   (source)
  • And he said, moreover, that he and his comrades, and especially Wamba the Jester, were resolved to warn Gurth to make his escape by the way, in case Cedric's ire against him could not be mitigated.†   (source)
  • We live in a world of transgressions and selfishness, and no pictures that represent us otherwise can be true, though, happily, for human nature, gleamings of that pure spirit in whose likeness man has been fashioned are to be seen, relieving its deformities, and mitigating if not excusing its crimes.†   (source)
  • However, at the moment when Master Florian Barbedienne was reading the sentence in his turn, before signing it, the clerk felt himself moved with pity for the poor wretch of a prisoner, and, in the hope of obtaining some mitigation of the penalty, he approached as near the auditor's ear as possible, and said, pointing to Quasimodo, "That man is deaf."†   (source)
  • II A Lurid Light Breaks In upon a Darkened Understanding Clym's grief became mitigated by wearing itself out.†   (source)
  • Such a lady gave a neighborliness to both rank and religion, and mitigated the bitterness of uncommuted tithe.†   (source)
  • She was grieved beyond measure to part with Briggs, but her means required that she should practise every retrenchment, and her sorrow was mitigated by the idea that her dear Briggs would be far better provided for by her generous patron than in her humble home.†   (source)
  • The girl was pale and grave—an effect not mitigated by her deeper mourning; but the smile of her brightest moments came into her face as she saw Madame Merle, who went forward, laid her hand on our heroine's shoulder and, after looking at her a moment, kissed her as if she were returning the kiss she had received from her at Gardencourt.†   (source)
  • Linton's looks and movements were very languid, and his form extremely slight; but there was a grace in his manner that mitigated these defects, and rendered him not unpleasing.†   (source)
  • Will wished that she would speak and bring some mitigating shadow across his own cruel speech, which seemed to stand staring at them both in mockery of any attempt at revived fellowship.†   (source)
  • "If the Supreme Being has directed the fatal blow," said Emmanuel, "it must be that he in his great goodness has perceived nothing in the past lives of these people to merit mitigation of their awful punishment."†   (source)
  • The legislators of the United States, who have mitigated almost all the penalties of criminal law, still make rape a capital offence, and no crime is visited with more inexorable severity by public opinion.†   (source)
  • He dressed entirely in black, with the exception of his white tie, and his funeral appearance was only mitigated by the slight line of red ribbon which passed almost imperceptibly through his button-hole, and appeared like a streak of blood traced with a delicate brush.†   (source)
  • The passion of wealth takes the place of ambition, and the warmth of faction is mitigated by a sense of prosperity.†   (source)
  • I felt what a terrible thing I had done to her by this, and so I tried to mitigate it.†   (source)
  • Dona Clara had foreseen the exhausting importunities that this news would waken in her mother and had sought to mitigate them by the casualness of her announcement.†   (source)
  • The brazen insensitive spirit of the boys he envied but could not imitate: they would howl loudly under punishment, in order to mitigate it, and they were vaingloriously unconcerned ten minutes later.†   (source)
  • There have great things been done to mitigate the worst human sights and teach you something different from revulsion at them.†   (source)
  • It maybe means that what is needed to mitigate the foolishness or dissolve the deception is always superabundantly about and insistently offered to us—a black offer in Charing Cross; a gray in Place Pereires where you see so many kinds and varieties of beings go to and fro in the liquid and fog; a brown in the straight unity of Wabash Avenue.†   (source)
  • I shall present argument to show that his extreme youth, his mental and emotional life, and the reason why he has pleaded guilty, should and must mitigate his punishment.†   (source)
  • "The State's Attorney has sought to create the belief that I'm trying to spring some surprise upon this Court by having my client enter a plea of guilty" he has sought to foster the notion that some legal trick is involved in the offering of evidence to mitigate this boy's punishment.†   (source)
  • Did the instinct of love teach her how to mitigate his pain?†   (source)
  • She bent forward, lowering her voice to mitigate the horror.†   (source)
  • I am quite sure that you can mitigate in no other way the wrong and harm you have done.†   (source)
  • "Hold, father," said the Jew, "mitigate and assuage your choler.†   (source)
  • If she could mitigate his hatred of Mormons, or at least keep him from killing more of them, not only would she be saving her people, but also be leading back this bloodspiller to some semblance of the human.†   (source)
  • She grew to hate the boundless prairie-land, so barren of life, of any color but gray, of things that might mitigate the deceit of distance.†   (source)
  • And since this other, this irrepressible, dominant, despotic Legrandin, if he lacked our Legrandin's charming vocabulary, shewed an infinitely greater promptness in expressing himself, by means of what are called 'reflexes,' it followed that, when Legrandin the talker attempted to silence him, he would already have spoken, and it would be useless for our friend to deplore the bad impression which the revelations of his alter ego must have caused, since he could do no more now than endeavour to mitigate them.†   (source)
  • "Can we not convict and yet mitigate the penalty?" asked the junior Lieutenant here speaking, and falteringly, for the first.†   (source)
  • Venters feared only an accident to Black Star or Night, and skilful riding would mitigate possibility of that.†   (source)
  • And then gently pressing him away she got free, trying to mitigate the sadness by saying: "We'll be dear friends just the same, Jude, won't we?†   (source)
  • Oddly enough, she was one of the most thoroughgoing sceptics he had ever met, and possibly (this was a theory he used to make up to account for her, so transparent in some ways, so inscrutable in others), possibly she said to herself, As we are a doomed race, chained to a sinking ship (her favourite reading as a girl was Huxley and Tyndall, and they were fond of these nautical metaphors), as the whole thing is a bad joke, let us, at any rate, do our part; mitigate the sufferings of our fellow-prisoners (Huxley again); decorate the dungeon with flowers and air-cushions; be as decent as we possibly can.†   (source)
  • But in an instant she saw that Mrs. Dorset had, of necessity, to look blank before the others, and that, to mitigate the effect of her own surprise, she must at once produce some simple reason for it.†   (source)
  • Lily had tried to mitigate this charmless background by a few frivolous touches, in the shape of a lace-decked toilet table and a little painted desk surmounted by photographs; but the futility of the attempt struck her as she looked about the room.†   (source)
  • He had known what it was to have utterly exhausted his credit, to be unable to raise a dollar, and to find himself at nightfall in a strange city, without a penny to mitigate its strangeness.†   (source)
  • Poor Ralph made no nearer approach to conventional beauty as he advanced in life, and the now apparently complete loss of his health had done little to mitigate the natural oddity of his person.†   (source)
  • On the contrary, everything was done to encourage it, and great exertions were made to mitigate the hardships of those who sought a shelter from the rigor of their country's laws on the soil of America.†   (source)
  • But there was the decorously grave, though unmoved physician, seeking only to mitigate the last pangs of the patient whom he could not save.†   (source)
  • "The task will not be difficult," returned David, hesitating; "though I greatly fear your presence would rather increase than mitigate his unhappy fortunes."†   (source)
  • The idea of seeing more of this interesting woman did much to mitigate Isabel's sense of the sadness now settling on Gardencourt.†   (source)
  • Even at the age of twentyseven Austin Sloper had made his mark sufficiently to mitigate the anomaly of his having been chosen among a dozen suitors by a young woman of high fashion, who had ten thousand dollars of income and the most charming eyes in the island of Manhattan.†   (source)
  • Such a conviction, of course, did little either to mitigate or to abbreviate his widowhood; and it set a limit to his recognition, at the best, of Catherine's possibilities and of Mrs. Penniman's ministrations.†   (source)
  • He landed in New York and journeyed across the continent to San Francisco, and nothing that he observed by the way contributed to mitigate his sense of being a good fellow wronged.†   (source)
  • Franz had so managed his route, that during the ride to the Colosseum they passed not a single ancient ruin, so that no preliminary impression interfered to mitigate the colossal proportions of the gigantic building they came to admire.†   (source)
  • But perhaps the most powerful of the causes which tend to mitigate the excesses of political association in the United States is Universal Suffrage.†   (source)
  • But the federal government, which is not able to protect the Indians, would fain mitigate the hardships of their lot; and, with this intention, proposals have been made to transport them into more remote regions at the public cost.†   (source)
  • I do not say that tyrannical abuses frequently occur in America at the present day, but I maintain that no sure barrier is established against them, and that the causes which mitigate the government are to be found in the circumstances and the manners of the country more than in its laws.†   (source)
  • The young man was tried and convicted of the crime; but either the circumstantial nature of the evidence, and possibly some lurking doubts in the breast of the executive, or, lastly—an argument of greater weight in a republic than it could have been under a monarchy,—the high respectability and political influence of the criminal's connections, had availed to mitigate his doom from death to perpetual imprisonment.†   (source)
  • And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it.†   (source)
  • Whatever they may be, I fervently beseech the Almighty to avert or mitigate the evils to which they may tend.†   (source)
  • Those who practise the first system are able, by aid of God or man, to mitigate in some degree their rule, as Agathocles did.†   (source)
  • I knew that in our family the least mention of the guardia got instant, unmitigated attention.   (source)
    unmitigated = complete (not diminished)
    standard prefix: The prefix "un-" in unmitigated means not and reverses the meaning of mitigated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
  • their motives were those of bigotry unmitigated   (source)
  • He had never felt such a rush of pure, unmitigated joy.   (source)
  • ...since the first day he came on board he had been an unmitigated nuisance...   (source)
    unmitigated = complete
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