Definition of attenuated in English:



  • 1(especially of a person) extremely thin.

    ‘she was a drooping, attenuated figure’
    • ‘Next, density gave way to linearity in attenuated sculptures with inaccessible catwalks, platforms, and doorways.’
    • ‘Giacometti described his attenuated figures as existing on the edge of perception, as if they just came into view on a hazy horizon.’
    • ‘Elongated and gracefully swaying, the doll-like figure is all sensuous curves, seemingly kept from tipping over by two fingers braced against an attenuated, bare-boned tree trunk that acts as a kind of stage prop.’
    • ‘The model for the Kirov's new female breed may be the more experienced Uliana Lopatkina, all thin, attenuated limbs and haughty sinuousness cultivated to the point of idiosyncrasy.’
    • ‘Under the influence of Spranger, Goltzius populated his compositions with attenuated figures in affected poses, sensually nude or fetishistically outfitted in elaborate silks and feathers.’
    • ‘Out of discarded torch cases, car parts and other scrap metal, they melt and forge, hammer, sculpt and create beautiful metal icons: attenuated figurines that bear a strong resemblance to the works of Brancusi and Modigliani.’
    thin, slender, slim, skinny, spindly, bony, gaunt, skeletal
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  • 2(of a pathogenic organism or vaccine) reduced in virulence.

    ‘attenuated strains of rabies virus’
    • ‘The intellectual and professional classes, already gravely attenuated, would have been liquidated entirely.’
    • ‘The colors are usually dimmed down, sometimes runny at the edges, sometimes wrung out, both harsh and attenuated, with a blurred nod to Vuillard, Munch and possibly Kirchner.’
    • ‘As we get further away from cataclysmic events, their ability to inspire terror becomes attenuated.’
    • ‘The faculty are not alone in this loss; members of every other university constituency, save the administration, find their jobs more and more at risk, their work degraded, and their connection to the campus attenuated.’
    • ‘A careful study of the subject in 1992 concluded that partisanship, however attenuated, still operates, leading most voters to screen out unwelcome or divergent political messages.’
    • ‘If these young adults, ten or fifteen years after their confirmation, are largely remaining Catholic, their Catholicism can look increasingly attenuated.’
    • ‘In his art, he didn't try to reconcile, dilute, or exacerbate differences, which could have led to the attenuated effects of pastiche.’
    • ‘But in the past decade the differences between political parties have become attenuated, with left and right squashed together in a moderate, neoliberal middle.’
    • ‘When adolescents have no ties, or only attenuated ties, to authoritative communities, they lose hope and become vulnerable to a range of social and psychological pathologies, including suicide.’
    • ‘The obvious answer is that country music fans expect something different from their stars than do alt-rock fans, who still trade in rebellion, even if by now it is a very attenuated and stylized form of rebellion.’
    • ‘This community has become somewhat attenuated recently, with many of its members, of a range of type and talent varying from Isaac Wolfson to Jeremy Isaacs, being drawn south by success.’
    • ‘Second-generation Pakistani Americans tend to travel to Pakistan less frequently as ties become attenuated.’
    • ‘The setup and the payoff were far too attenuated, and I candidly couldn't tell you what beer the ad was for (which may influenced by the fact that I don't normally drink beer, I'm not sure).’
    weakened, reduced, lessened, decreased, diminished, impaired, enervated
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