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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Trump administration apologists are probably delighted today to have discovered a silver lining to the president’s, er, close relationship with Russian president/strongman Vladimir Putin. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Gave Putin A Message To Pass Along to the Palestinians," 12 Feb. 2018 Nor are video games, violent movies, or any of the other culprits the NRA and its apologists like to cite in their attempt to divert our attention. Andrew Romanoff, The Denver Post, "Romanoff: It’s not mental health causing these mass shootings and we need someone in the Senate who knows that," 12 Aug. 2019 And now the apologists want to tell us the Los Angeles Dodgers are simply too rich for the Rockies to beat. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman vs. Kiz: Is cash-poor TV deal or talent-poor farm system the bigger problem for the Rockies?," 5 Aug. 2019 The third-century Egyptian Christian apologist Origen Adamantius compared Leonidas’ self-sacrifice at Thermopylae to Christ’s passion. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 Defenders and apologists of the current system should look at Oregon, one of the few states in the union with a Democratic supermajority. Mike Gravel, Fortune, "Mike Gravel: Why the American People Need Their Own Legislature," 11 July 2019 Being a breakout artist from Alabama can put someone suddenly in the position of being a spokesperson for the state, or an apologist. al.com, "Breakout Alabama rapper Chika shares her ‘origin story’," 9 July 2019 Gabbard has been criticized for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in 2017, and some consider her an apologist for Assad. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Tulsi Gabbard says war with Iran would be "far more devastating" than Iraq war," 6 July 2019 The government’s apologists have been deriding them as out-of-touch sophisticates. The Economist, "Kazakhstan’s choreographed election goes off-script," 15 June 2019

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1640, in the meaning defined above

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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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