apology

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noun apol·o·gy \ə-ˈpä-lə-jē\

Definition of apology

plural

apologies

  1. 1a :  an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression of regret <a public apology>b 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.>

  2. 2a :  something that is said or written to defend something that other people criticize :  defense <The book is an apology for capitalism.>b :  excuse 2a

  3. 3 informal :  a poor substitute or example :  makeshift <He's a poor apology for a father.>

Origin and Etymology of apology

Medieval French or Late Latin; Medieval French apologie, from Late Latin apologia, from Greek, from apo- + logos speech — more at legend


First Known Use: 1533

Synonym Discussion of apology

apology, apologia, excuse, plea, pretext, alibi mean matter offered in explanation or defense. apology usually applies to an expression of regret for a mistake or wrong with implied admission of guilt or fault and with or without reference to mitigating or extenuating circumstances <said by way of apology that he would have met them if he could>. apologia implies not admission of guilt or regret but a desire to make clear the grounds for some course, belief, or position <his speech was an apologia for his foreign policy>. excuse implies an intent to avoid or remove blame or censure <used illness as an excuse for missing the meeting>. plea stresses argument or appeal for understanding or sympathy or mercy <her usual plea that she was nearsighted>. pretext suggests subterfuge and the offering of false reasons or motives in excuse or explanation <used any pretext to get out of work>. alibi implies a desire to shift blame or evade punishment and imputes mere plausibility to the explanation <his alibi failed to stand scrutiny>.


APOLOGY Defined for Kids

apology

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noun apol·o·gy \ə-ˈpä-lə-jē\

Definition of apology for Students

plural

apologies

  1. :  an expression of regret for having done or said something wrong



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