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Definition of apologetics 

1 : systematic argumentative discourse (see discourse entry 1 sense 2a) in defense (as of a doctrine)

2 : a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity

First Known Use of apologetics

circa 1733, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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