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extenuating
used in War and Peace

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Definition
lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
  • "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.
    Book Six — 1808-10 (14% in)
  • On these three considerations alone is based the conception of irresponsibility for crimes and the extenuating circumstances admitted by all legislative codes.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (95% in)

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