UnivSource.com - Your Most Comprehensive Source for Information on Universities
Google
  Web UnivSource.com

You're Here : UnivSource Home > Vocabulary Builder (Beta Version)


The current version of the vocabulary builder covers over 2720 words & is useful for students preparing for academic English examinations such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc. Now you can also listen to the pronunciation of words. - Refer a Friend.


SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

extenuate (verb) make (a crime, etc.,) appear less serious.

Some times circumstances may extenuate a crime, that is, they may make a crime appear less serious and pardonable to a little extent. For example, a murder or an attack in self defense or to prevent a rape extenuates such a murder or attack; that is, make it appear to some extent, even if to a very little extent, justifiable. The circumstances make us feel that they are to be judged a little less severely. In this sense, such circumstances extenuate the crime. Starvation for days on end extenuates a theft. That is, starvation makes the offense of theft appear less serious.

  • There being no extenuating circumstances like self defense or lack of the intent to cause harm, the judge imposed the maximum punishment on the prisoner.
  • Circumstances may extenuate a wrong doing, but a hero or a great person is one who, in spite of the force of circumstances, would not do any thing wrong, even if forced by the circumstances. They would rather suffer than resort to wrong doing.
Useful Links
Download Our iPhone App
Download Our Android App
Earn Your Degree Online
Earn Your Art & Design Degree Online
Earn Your Business Degree Online
Earn Your Culinary Degree Online
Earn Your Education Degree Online
Earn Your Health Care Degree Online
Earn Your Law & Justice Degree Online
Earn Your Psychology Degree Online
Earn Your Technicians Degree Online
Earn Your Technology Degree Online
US Universities by Name
US Universities by Program
US Universities by State
Canadian Universities by Name
Canadian Universities by Region
Feedback

Last Modified : 11-May 2009
Best viewed with 1024 x 768 resolution & Microsoft Internet Explorer