apol·​o·​gist | \ ə-ˈpä-lə-jist How to pronounce apologist (audio) \

Definition of apologist

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

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Sox apologists can’t blame injuries for chronic brain cramps. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Struggling White Sox finally give their manager reason to smile on emotional day," 13 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 The apologists for the franchise got busy after the deadline crowing about how the trade created flexibility and opportunity. John Canzano, OregonLive.com, "Canzano: Trail Blazers land with a trade... and a thud at NBA Trade Deadline," 8 Feb. 2018 After Nat Turner’s rebellion, this brief outburst of antislavery animus faded just as full-throated defenses of slavery arose from apologists like John C. Calhoun and George Fitzhugh. Kenyon Gradert, Smithsonian, "The Book That Spooked the South," 8 Feb. 2018 The book includes an awful lot of instances when Grant slipped up in his abstinence, but Chernow is deeply in his subject’s camp, always ready to play apologist about the drinking and other troubling behaviors. Janet Maslin, New York Times, "In Ron Chernow’s ‘Grant,’ an American Giant’s Makeover Continues," 10 Oct. 2017 The leader of Myanmar's elected government went from being hailed as a democratic hope for southeast Asia to being denounced as an apologist for what the United Nations and the US call ethnic cleansing. CNN, "How world leaders fared in a turbulent year," 23 Dec. 2017 Sunday's episode brought all the Littlefinger apologists out on Twitter, and one of them caught the attention of Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Sophie Turner Just Clapped Back at All the People Defending Littlefinger," 30 Aug. 2017 Some historians have said that during Italy's unprovoked invasion of Ethiopia, Balbo's air force dropped bombs and fired machine guns at unarmed citizens (although local apologists for the aviator say that story is a myth). John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "Some Italian-Americans in Chicago say they ‘fiercely oppose’ renaming Balbo Drive," 21 Aug. 2017

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English Language Learners Definition of apologist

: 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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