What does the word extenuation mean?

Usage examples for extenuation

  1. " I'm afraid there is nothing I can plead in extenuation except that Grant Devine's agent swindled me," he said. – A Damaged Reputation by Harold Bindloss
  2. But oh," she offered, in extenuation, " when mystery marches right up to you and begs to be looked into, what can you do? – Lucile Triumphant by Elizabeth M. Duffield
  3. Evidently friendly to Francisco he was obliged to point out to them, that although the evidence of the young lady had produced much which might be offered in extenuation, and induce him to submit it to His Majesty, in hopes of his gracious pardon after condemnation, yet, that many acts in which the prisoner had been involved had endangered his life and no testimony had been brought forward to prove that he had not, at one time, acted with the pirates, although he might since have repented. – The Pirate by Frederick Marryat