- an oral or written expression of regret or contrition for a fault or failing
- a poor substitute or offering
- another word for apologia
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a•pol•o•gy /əˈpɑlədʒi/USA pronunciation n., pl. -gies.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- 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.
- a defense or justification of a cause or doctrine:[countable]His treatise was supposed to be an apology for war.
- 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-.
a•pol•o•gy (ə pol′ə jē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -gies.
- 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.
- a defense, excuse, or justification in speech or writing, as for a cause or doctrine.
- Literature(cap., italics) a dialogue by Plato, centering on Socrates' defense before the tribunal that condemned him to death.
- 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.
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apology /əˈpɒlədʒɪ/ n ( pl -gies)
'apology' also found in these entries:
Apo - Xenophon - abject - accept - amende honorable - apologetic - apologia - apologize - beg-pardon - by-your-leave - cancel - clumsy - countenance - deprecatory - excuse - falter - kowtow - nature - need - oops - order - phrase - set - shuck - sincere - sir-reverence - sob story - sorry - subjunctive - whoops