apologetics

noun

apol·​o·​get·​ics ə-ˌpä-lə-ˈje-tiks How to pronounce apologetics (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With a master of arts in Christian apologetics from Biola University's Talbot School of Theology, Karamo describes herself as a Christian apologist on her LinkedIn page. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 5 Nov. 2022 Those remarks echoed a previous bout of Putin apologetics by Berlusconi last month on one of the country’s most prominent political talk shows. Jason Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2022 The institute offers courses, lessons, and guidance on Catholic apologetics and evangelization. Fox News, 28 Aug. 2022 Stronger evidence of bad-faith, bad-history apologetics could hardly be imagined. James Oakes, The New York Review of Books, 12 May 2022 These numbers suggest that Republican members of Congress, candidates and commentators echoing Mr. Trump’s isolationism and Kremlin apologetics are out of sync with GOP voters. Karl Rove, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2022 Grimaldi also has put his off-ice, away-from-home time to good use, working on his master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University, a small private Christian university in La Mirada, California. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Mar. 2022 The answer is the same one that every Christian gets in his college dorm room when practicing apologetics on his roommate. Andy Martin, National Review, 10 Sep. 2021 Karamo has a master's degree in Christian apologetics, the study of the defense of Christianity against objections, from Biola University, an evangelical university in Southern California. Jeremy Herb, CNN, 16 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1733, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of apologetics was circa 1733

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“Apologetics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apologetics. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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