One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having the effect of making something bad less severe, serious, or painful.‘it should have a mitigating effect on the frequency of minor flooding events’alleviate, reduce, diminish, lessen, weaken, lighten, attenuate, take the edge off, allay, ease, assuage, palliate, cushion, damp, deaden, dull, appease, soothe, relieve, help, soften, temper, still, quell, quieten, quiet, tone down, blunt, dilute, moderate, modify, abate, lull, pacify, placate, mollify, sweeten, tranquillize, remit, extenuate, excuse, commuteView synonyms
- 1.1 Lessening the gravity of an offence or mistake.‘he would have faced a prison sentence but for mitigating circumstances’extenuating, exonerative, justificatory, justifying, vindicatory, vindicating, exculpatory, palliative, qualifying, moderating, modifying, tempering, lesseningView synonyms
- 1.1 Lessening the gravity of an offence or mistake.
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