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apologetic

adjective

Definition of apologetic

  1. 1 :  feeling or showing regret :  regretfully acknowledging fault or failure :  expressing an apology <They were apologetic about the error.> <We received an apologetic letter.> <an apologetic smile/tone>

  2. 2 :  offered in defense or vindication <the apologetic writings of the early Christians>

apologetically

\-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of apologetic

Greek apologētikos, from apologeisthai to defend, from apo- + logos speech


First Known Use: 1649


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noun apol·o·get·ic \ə-ˌpä-lə-ˈje-tik\

Definition of apologetic

Examples of apologetic in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of apologetic

see 1apologetic


First Known Use: 15th century


APOLOGETIC Defined for English Language Learners


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noun apol·o·get·ic \ə-ˌpä-lə-ˈje-tik\

Definition of apologetic for English Language Learners

  • : feeling or showing regret : expressing an apology


APOLOGETIC Defined for Kids

apologetic

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adjective apol·o·get·ic \ə-ˌpä-lə-ˈje-tik\

Definition of apologetic for Students

  1. :  sorry for having done or said something wrong <They were apologetic about their rude behavior.>

apologetically

\-ti-kə-lē\ adverb


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