MIT'IGATE, verb transitive [Latin . mitigo, from mitis, soft, mild.]
1. To alleviate, as suffering; to assuage; to lessen; as, to mitigate pain or grief.
And counsel mitigates the greatest smart.
2. To make less severe; as, to mitigate doom.
3. To abate; to make less rigorous; to moderate; as, to mitigate cold; to mitigate the severity of the season.
4. To temper; to moderate; to soften in harshness or severity.
We could wish that the rigor of their opinions were allayed and mitigated.
5. To calm; to appease; to moderate; as, to mitigate the fierceness of party.
6. To diminish; to render more tolerable; as, to mitigate the evils or calamities of life; to mitigate punishment.
7. To reduce in amount or severity; as, to mitigate a penalty.
8. To soften, or make mild and accessible; in a literal sense.
It was this opinion which mitigated kings into companions. [Unusual.]