apology

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/əˈpɒlədʒi/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/əˈpɑlədʒi/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ə polə jē)


Inflections of 'apology' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": apologies

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•pol•o•gy /əˈpɑlədʒi/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -gies. 
  1. an expression of regret for having committed an error or for being rude: [countable]I sent an apology to her right away.[uncountable]a gesture of apology.
  2. a defense or justification of a cause or doctrine:[countable]His treatise was supposed to be an apology for war.
  3. an inferior substitute;
    excuse:[countable]was a poor apology for a parent.
    apology is a noun, apologize is a verb, apologetic is an adjective:You owe her an apology. You should apologize to her. He was very apologetic about spilling the ink.See -log-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•pol•o•gy  (ə polə jē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -gies. 
  1. a written or spoken expression of one's regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another:He demanded an apology from me for calling him a crook.
  2. a defense, excuse, or justification in speech or writing, as for a cause or doctrine.
  3. Literature(cap., italics) a dialogue by Plato, centering on Socrates' defense before the tribunal that condemned him to death.
  4. an inferior specimen or substitute;
    makeshift:The tramp wore a sad apology for a hat.
  • Greek; see apologia
  • Late Latin apologia
  • Middle French)
  • earlier apologie, late Middle English apologe ( 1400–50
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged vindication. See  excuse. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
apology /əˈpɒlədʒɪ/ n ( pl -gies)
  1. an oral or written expression of regret or contrition for a fault or failing
  2. a poor substitute or offering
  3. another word for apologia
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French apologie, from Late Latin apologia, from Greek: a verbal defence, from apo- + logos speech
'apology' also found in these entries:
Collocations: a [heartfelt, sincere] apology, a (formal) [written, public] apology, issue a formal apology [to, for], more...

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