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Definition of apologist

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

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Quartz This is one place where Hyde-Smith’s associations with segregationists and Confederacy apologists could help. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The odds are against Mike Espy in a Senate runoff election. But here’s his path to an upset win.," 27 Nov. 2018 Former Attorney General Eric Holder, who's now running for President, suggests that Trump supporters are apologists for slavery or something. Fox News, "Tucker: Brett Kavanaugh and the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party," 18 Sep. 2018 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 Gun apologists see a burgeoning movement and want to stop the nationwide momentum. Renée Graham, BostonGlobe.com, "The kids are all out of patience," 26 Feb. 2018 Sarah Huckabee Sanders, aka Aunt Lydia, isn’t going anywhere but her team of notorious apologists for Trump’s White House just got stronger by adding former co-president of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network Bill Shine. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Trump Picks Disgraced Former Fox News Executive Bill Shine to Fill White House Communications Position," 5 July 2018 And that's hardly a slight against the man who has swayed his fair share of Michael Jordan apologists in the G.O.A.T debate during this miraculous postseason run. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "NBA Finals predictions: Can LeBron James, Cavaliers pull off the unthinkable vs. Warriors?," 31 May 2018 Even today, the old lie refuses to die among contemporary slave apologists. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Kanye West has a thing or two to learn about American slavery: Phillip Morris," 9 May 2018 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

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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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