apologetics

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction apol·o·get·ics \ -tiks \

Definition of apologetics

1 : systematic argumentative discourse (see 1discourse 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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