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  • n. Plural form of extenuation.


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  • Let us hear no more defenses, no more special pleading, no more extenuations.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: April 14, 2010

  • There have been many blind spots and extenuations where Obama is concerned, the point being, these are politicians.

    Hillary: "I'm Staying In This Race Until There's A Nominee"

  • But there are other extenuations circumstances that influence you, too.

    CNN Transcript Dec 28, 2007

  • Heaven forbid that it should be known that you had it but once in your thought, be your motives ever so noble and generous, to follow so bad an example, the rather, as that you would, in such a case, want the extenuations that might be pleaded in my favour; and particularly that one of being surprised into the unhappy step!

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • We bring extenuations and excuses even to our favorites.

    Don Quixote at Eighty

  • Brethren, I desire not to offend any party, but I must needs say that these sins are not to be cloaked over with excuses, extenuations, or denials.

    The Reformed Pastor

  • Here are opportunities, here are advantages, here are specious pleas and pretences; some ground is already got by former arguings; here are extenuations of the evil, hopes of pardon by after endeavours, all in a readiness: if he can do nothing now, he must sit down lost in his undertakings.

    Of Temptation

  • If we could only consider a little when things annoy us, and reflect how much worse they might be, and how differently they would affect us even under less favourable circumstances than those in which we are placed; but instead of making the best of every thing, we only dwell on the annoyance, regardless of many extenuations that may attend it.

    A Book for the Young

  • With him, in such cases, no _nuances_ or extenuations are admissible; you are with or against Fals-Semblant; there is no middle way; a compromise is a treason; and is there anything worse than a traitor?

    A Literary History of the English People From the Origins to the Renaissance

  • Without insisting here upon any such extenuations of such practices as the prevalence of kleptomania, it has been made abundantly manifest that theft and mutilation of books are sufficiently common to demonstrate the weakness of human nature, and the necessity of every safeguard which public libraries can provide against such abuses of their treasures.

    A Book for All Readers An Aid to the Collection, Use, and Preservation of Books and the Formation of Public and Private Libraries


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