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apologia

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noun ap·o·lo·gia \ˌa-pə-ˈlō-j(ē-)ə\

Definition of apologia

  1. :  a defense especially of one's opinions, position, or actions <the finest apologia or explanation of what drives a man to devote his life to pure mathematics — British Book News>



Origin and Etymology of apologia

Late Latin


First Known Use: 1784

Synonym Discussion of apologia

apology, apologia, excuse, plea, pretext, alibi mean matter offered in explanation or defense. apology usually applies to an expression of regret for a mistake or wrong with implied admission of guilt or fault and with or without reference to mitigating or extenuating circumstances <said by way of apology that he would have met them if he could>. apologia implies not admission of guilt or regret but a desire to make clear the grounds for some course, belief, or position <his speech was an apologia for his foreign policy>. excuse implies an intent to avoid or remove blame or censure <used illness as an excuse for missing the meeting>. plea stresses argument or appeal for understanding or sympathy or mercy <her usual plea that she was nearsighted>. pretext suggests subterfuge and the offering of false reasons or motives in excuse or explanation <used any pretext to get out of work>. alibi implies a desire to shift blame or evade punishment and imputes mere plausibility to the explanation <his alibi failed to stand scrutiny>.

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