militate / mitigate

militate / mitigate
   Militate means "to influence toward or against a change": The banality of Rhoda Book's stories militated against their becoming popular.
   Mitigate means "to lessen, make easier, or bearable": A cold compress on your leg will mitigate the swelling.

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  • militate / mitigate —    Militate means to influence toward or against a change : The banality of Rhoda Book s stories militated against their becoming popular.    Mitigate means to lessen, make easier, or bearable : A cold compress on your leg will mitigate the… …   Confused words

  • militate, mitigate —    Often confused. To militate is to operate against or, much more rarely, for something: The news of the scandal militated against his election prospects. To mitigate means to assuage, soften, make more endurable: His apology mitigated the… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • militate, mitigate —    Often confused. To militate is to operate against or, much more rarely, for something: The news of the scandal militated against his election prospects. To mitigate means to assuage, soften, make more endurable: His apology mitigated the… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • militate — militate, mitigate The two words are sometimes confused (usually mitigate is used for militate) because both meanings are connected with having a reducing effect and their forms and rhythm are close. Mitigate is transitive (i.e. it takes an… …   Modern English usage

  • mitigate — militate, mitigate The two words are sometimes confused (usually mitigate is used for militate) because both meanings are connected with having a reducing effect and their forms and rhythm are close. Mitigate is transitive (i.e. it takes an… …   Modern English usage

  • militate — ► VERB (militate against) ▪ be a powerful or conclusive factor in preventing. USAGE On the confusion between militate and mitigate, see the note at MITIGATE(Cf. ↑mitigation). ORIGIN Latin militare wage war , from miles soldier …   English terms dictionary

  • mitigate — ► VERB 1) make less severe, serious, or painful. 2) (mitigating) (of a fact or circumstance) lessening the gravity or culpability of an action. DERIVATIVES mitigation noun. USAGE The words mitigate and militate are often confused …   English terms dictionary

  • militate —  , mitigate  Often confused. To militate is to operate against or, much more rarely, for something: The news of the scandal militated against his election promises. To mitigate means to assuage, soften, make more endurable: His apology mitigated… …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • mitigate — [mit′ə gāt΄] vt., vi. mitigated, mitigating [ME mitigaten < L mitigatus, pp. of mitigare, to make mild, soft, or tender < mitis, soft (see MIGNON) + agere, to drive: see ACT1] 1. to make or become milder, less severe, less rigorous, or less …   English World dictionary

  • mitigate —  , militate  The first means to soften or make more endurable; the second to act against …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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