Definition of apology
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.
2a : something that is said or written to defend something that other people criticize : defense The book is an apology for capitalism.
b : excuse sense 2a
3 informal : a poor substitute or example : makeshift He's a poor apology for a father.
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