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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Recent Examples on the Web British author Salman Rushdie had described Mr. Handke as an apologist for the Milosevic regime’s genocidal policies. James Hookway, WSJ, "American Poet Louise Glück Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature," 8 Oct. 2020 Handke's prize caused a storm of protest: a strong supporter of the Serbs during the 1990s Balkan wars, he has been called an apologist for Serbian war crimes. CBS News, "American poet Louise Glück wins Nobel literature prize," 8 Oct. 2020 But Handke’s prize caused a storm of protest: A strong supporter of the Serbs during the 1990s Balkan wars, he has been called an apologist for Serbian war crimes. David Keyton, Anchorage Daily News, "Former US poet laureate Louise Glück wins Nobel prize for literature," 8 Oct. 2020 Olga Tokarczuk and the 2019 award to Austria’s Peter Handke., who has been called an apologist for Serbian war crimes. Bloomberg.com, "American Poet Louise Glück Wins Nobel Prize in Literature," 8 Oct. 2020 The first Black woman and the first woman of Indian descent selected to run for vice president on a major-party ticket, Ms. Harris is far from a tech apologist. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "Silicon Valley Sees Kamala Harris as One of Its Own," 12 Aug. 2020 Depression is a white supremacist, a malignant narcissist, a rape apologist, a gaslighter, Iago, a sadist, a masochist, a hot Lego underfoot, a mind made hell. Longreads, "The Top 5 Longreads of the Week," 10 Aug. 2020 At the outset of his book, Gorra reminds us of persisting debates over Joseph Conrad, initially stimulated by a 1977 Chinua Achebe essay labeling him an apologist for imperialism. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "What to Do About William Faulkner," 8 Aug. 2020 But once Lindbergh, the famed aviator, xenophobe and Nazi apologist, lands in the White House, upending the lives of the Levins in 1940s Newark, the series moves with disorienting speed. Los Angeles Times, "Watching more TV than ever? Here are 5 shows worth your time this week," 27 Apr. 2020

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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 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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