E is for Extenuate
Definition: To lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses.
Synonyms: mitigate, diminish, downplay, moderate
He was guilty of stealing the food, but there were extenuating circumstances.
A high percentage of the people living in industrialized nations are literate, but only a small percentage of them attempt to make a living by writing. Of those that attempt to become serious writers, only a fraction of them succeed. There are several things that can be done to improve the quality of one’s writing. One of them is increasing your vocabulary. There is a lot of power in words.