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Definition of apologia

: 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 mathematicsBritish Book News

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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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As you might expect, apologia is a close relative of apology. Both words derive from Late Latin; apologia came to English as a direct borrowing while apology traveled through Middle French. The Latin apologia derives from a combination of the Greek prefix apo-, meaning "away from," and the word logia, from Greek lógos, meaning "speech." In their earliest English uses, apologia and apology meant basically the same thing: a formal defense or justification of one's actions or opinions. Nowadays, however, the two are distinct. The modern apology generally involves an admission of wrongdoing and an expression of regret for past actions, while an apologia typically focuses on explaining, justifying, or making clear the grounds for some course of action, belief, or position.

Examples of apologia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Barr offers an extended apologia that tries to square his position on putting people to death with his religious faith. New York Times, 27 Feb. 2022 No such apologia can be made for Baudelaire, who was nonetheless the greatest poet-critic of his time and who will remain a titan for as long as there is literature. Ange Mlinko, The New York Review of Books, 23 Mar. 2022 So is his apologia for the insurrectionists since then. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 24 Feb. 2022 Demonstrators disrupted the campus, calling his theory an apologia for the status quo. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2021 Demonstrators disrupted the campus, calling his theory an apologia for the status quo. Patricia Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Dec. 2021 But to me, her statement read more like a classic apologia, a self-absolving explanation — one vetted, no doubt, by an attorney to avoid admitting liability for Sebold’s pointing to the wrong man in court. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2021 On more contemporary matters, Guelzo himself has been accused of flirting with apologia. Stuart Miller, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Readers often take it as an apologia for, even a love letter to, the postwar suburban ways associated once with Southern California and, later, with much of the United States. Colin Marshal, The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of apologia

1784, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apologia

borrowed from Late Latin — more at apology

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The first known use of apologia was in 1784

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“Apologia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apologia. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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