tr.v. ex·ten·u·at·ed, ex·ten·u·at·ing, ex·ten·u·ates
1. To lessen or attempt to lessen the magnitude or seriousness of, especially by providing partial excuses. See Synonyms at palliate.
a. To make thin or emaciated.
b. To reduce the strength of.
3. Obsolete To belittle; disparage.
[Latin extenure, extenut- : ex-, ex- + tenure, to make thin (from tenuis, thin; see ten- in Indo-European roots).]
ex·tenu·ative adj. & n.
ex·tenu·a·tory (--tôr, -tr) adj.
Thank you ‘’Alas’’. I was about to consult my Websters and post the same but you have done so quite concisely and completely. “Hey Al, you fat stupid bastard, take a look at this okay?’’ This gentleman/gentlewoman has just gone through the trouble of giving you an on-line vocabulary lesson. “You CAN READ, can’t you.?”’ “You ****##** orangutan you’’!!!