apologetic


1apol·o·get·ic

noun \ə-ˌpä-lə-ˈje-tik\

Definition of APOLOGETIC

:  apologetics 1

First Known Use of APOLOGETIC

15th century

2apologetic

adjective

: feeling or showing regret : expressing an apology

Full Definition of APOLOGETIC

1
a :  offered in defense or vindication <the apologetic writings of the early Christians>
b :  offered by way of excuse or apology <an apologetic smile>
2
:  regretfully acknowledging fault or failure :  contrite <replied in an apologetic tone>
apol·o·get·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of APOLOGETIC

  1. We received an apologetic letter and a full refund from the company.
  2. They were apologetic about the mistake.
  3. She seemed almost apologetic about buying a new car.

Origin of APOLOGETIC

Greek apologētikos, from apologeisthai to defend, from apo- + logos speech
First Known Use: 1649

Rhymes with APOLOGETIC

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