Word of the day: mitigate
Definition: v.tr. make milder or less intense or severe; moderate (your offer certainly mitigated their hostility).
Synonyms: extenuate, palliate
Etymology: ME f. L mitigare mitigat- f. mitis mild (more…)
from Oxford: mitigate
v.tr. make milder or less intense or severe; moderate (your offer certainly mitigated their hostility).
Usage: Often confused with militate.
Phrases and idioms: mitigating circumstances Law circumstances permitting greater leniency.
Derivatives: mitigable adj. mitigation n. mitigator n. mitigatory adj.
Etymology: ME f. L mitigare mitigat- f. mitis mild
from Wordnet: mitigate
v 1: lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of; “The circumstances extenuate the crime” [syn: extenuate, palliate]
2: make less severe or harsh [syn: moderate]
Quote of the day: Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present. by Roger Babson
Birthday of the day: Frederik Ruysch; Frederik Ruysch (March 28, 1638 – February 22, 1731) was a Dutch botanist and anatomist, remembered for his developments in anatomical preservation and the creation of dioramas or scenes incorporating human parts. Ruysch came to recognition with his proof of valves in the lymphatic system, the Vomeronasal organ in snakes, and arteria centralis oculi (the central artery of the eye).
Joke of the day: A young child walked up to her mother and stared at her hair. As mother scrubbed on the dishes, the girl cleared her throat and sweetly asked, ‘Why do you have some grey strands in your hair?’ The mother paused and looked at her daughter. ‘Every time you disobey, I get one strand of grey hair. If you want me to stay pretty, you better obey.’ The mother quickly returned to her task of washing dishes. The little girl stood there thinking. She cleared her throat again. ‘Mother?’ She sweetly asked again. ‘Yes?’ Her Mother replied. ‘Why is Grandma’s hair all grey?’
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