apol·o·gist | \ ə-ˈpä-lə-jist \

Definition of apologist 

: one who speaks or writes in defense of someone or something

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The argument that Sherman’s March was kinder and gentler than Lost Cause apologists once claimed has been similarly advanced by authors W. Todd Groce and Richard M. McMurry. Harold Holzer, WSJ, "Burning Down the South," 7 June 2018 While the rest of the network is largely dedicated to covering for Donald Trump, supplying both him and his apologists with talking points, Smith often casts himself in a more adversarial role. Luke Darby, GQ, "Fox News Anchor Shep Smith Said Roseanne Is Racist and Her Show Deserved to Be Canceled," 30 May 2018 While Sissi’s loyalists — or at least apologists — may control the Wafd and other co-opted organizations for now, that control is not unchallenged. Sofia Fenner, Washington Post, "Why Egypt's oldest political party isn't challenging President al-Sissi," 7 Feb. 2018 Even Doocy, an ardent Trump apologist, seemed flabbergasted by the logical fallacy of Trump's deep-state conspiracy theory. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "‘It’s your Justice Department!’: Fox News hosts tried and failed to halt Trump’s rant," 26 Apr. 2018 But now Federer apologists are making excuses for his loss in Halle on the grounds that he was fatigued from playing too many matches at back-to-back grass tournaments. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Is Current Form or Past Slam Performance a Better Indicator of Success in Majors?," 27 June 2018 This kind of nonsense may be exactly the reason Fox News trots out Trump apologists like Lewandowski, but that doesn't mean other networks need to follow suit. Luke Darby, GQ, "Corey Lewandowski Is Losing Work After Saying "Womp Womp" About a Detained 10-Year-Old with Down Syndrome," 21 June 2018 Immediately after the high-court decision, CICIG apologists launched a full-court press on Capitol Hill to cover up the U.N. agency’s many transgressions. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Guatemala, Russia and the Bitkovs," 1 July 2018 Then the photos surfaced—and apologists sputtered into overdrive, including Fox News host Steve Doocy, and, according to CBS This Morning, border patrol officials themselves. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "5 of the Trump Administration’s Excuses for Separating Families at the Border, Debunked," 18 June 2018

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1640, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who defends or supports something (such as a religion, cause, or organization) that is being criticized or attacked by other people

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