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.
Origin and Etymology of apology
Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French apologie, from Late Latin apologia, from Greek, from apo- + logos speech — more at legend
First Known Use: 1533
Synonym Discussion of apology
APOLOGY Defined for Kids
Definition of apology for Students
: an expression of regret for having done or said something wrong
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