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extenuating
used in Gulliver's Travels

5 uses
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Definition
lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
  • 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.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (88% in)
  • I remember, when I was once interceding with the emperor for a criminal who had wronged his master of a great sum of money, which he had received by order and ran away with; and happening to tell his majesty, by way of extenuation, that it was only a breach of trust, the emperor thought it monstrous in me to offer as a defence the greatest aggravation of the crime; and truly I had little to say in return, farther than the common answer, that different nations had different customs;...
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (65% in)
  • In the several debates upon this impeachment, it must be confessed that his majesty gave many marks of his great lenity; often urging the services you had done him, and endeavouring to extenuate your crimes.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (82% in)
  • He appeared, and confirmed the whole account: but with much more advantage to the captain, whose modesty had extenuated or concealed a great part of his merit.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (74% in)
  • However, it is now some comfort to reflect, that in what I said of my countrymen, I extenuated their faults as much as I durst before so strict an examiner; and upon every article gave as favourable a turn as the matter would bear.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (49% in)

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