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- 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.Chapter 6 (64% in)
mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
- But Newport represented the escape from duty into an atmosphere of unmitigated holiday-making.Chapter 21 (14% in)
There are no more uses of "mitigate" in The Age of Innocence.
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