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apologetic

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noun apol·o·get·ic \ə-ˌpä-lə-ˈje-tik\

Definition of apologetic



15th Century

First Known Use of apologetic

15th century


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apologetic

adjective apol·o·get·ic

Simple Definition of apologetic

  • : feeling or showing regret : expressing an apology

Full Definition of apologetic

  1. 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. 2 :  regretfully acknowledging fault or failure :  contrite <replied in an apologetic tone>

apol·o·get·i·cal·lyplay \-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



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