Definition of apology
1a : an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression of regret a public apologyb apologies plural : an expression of regret for not being able to do something I won't be able to attend. Please give them my apologies.
3 informal : a poor substitute or example : makeshift He's a poor apology for a father.
Recent Examples of apology from the Web
Mr Campbell’s book will be welcomed by the Ethiopian government, which has long argued that its citizens deserve an apology.
Apologies to the NFL fans out there: The Super Bowl is not the biggest event in sports.
PG Your first guest on the follow-up apology show, Michael Eric Dyson, was pretty softball with you.
My Auschwitz video has been removed, and my sincere apology for any unintended pain is extended.
In statements to the Times, Binary investor Legacy Venture, as well as representatives for a handful of the Silicon Valley investors and companies mentioned, did issue apologies.
There, spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders laid into CNN, despite the fact that the subject of the network’s story had already accepted its apology.
Oona Laurence, so engaging in Pete’s Dragon, pops off the screen as Aaron Burr, while Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, and Emma Howard make for (apologies) a beguiling trio of Schuyler sisters, complete with original stage choreography.
Those letters were sent on the same day Johnson issued his public apologies to both women.
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: an expression of regret for having done or said something wrong
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