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

Examples of apologist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like Lula, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is an apologist for Havana. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2021 This includes the special rapporteurs to whom Blinken extended an invitation; at least one of those experts, Belarus’s Alena Douhan, is an out-and-out apologist for authoritarian governments who regularly speaks to their state media outlets. Jimmy Quinn, National Review, 8 Sep. 2021 You’re seen by your more hawkish peers as an apologist for the Chinese government. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, 17 May 2021 Even in criticizing his Republican opposition for blocking popular pieces of his agenda, Biden seemed like an apologist for the jam Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell finds himself in with the GOP. Philip Elliott, Time, 26 Mar. 2021 The Christian writer and apologist remains a superbly judicious guide to the modernist Nietzschean, the most influential English-language dramatist of the 20th century. M. D. Aeschliman, National Review, 5 Dec. 2020 To be sure, Mr. Robertson is no harrumphing apologist. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of apologist

1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apologist

borrowed from New Latin apologista, from Late Latin apologia "defense in speech or writing" + New Latin -ista -ist entry 1 — more at apology

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“Apologist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apologist. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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