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apologetics Line breaks: apolo|get¦ics
Pronunciation: /əpɒləˈdʒɛtɪks/

Definition of apologetics in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular or plural]
Reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine: apologetics for the slave trade are quite out of order
More example sentences
  • I can't read Lewis now; I devoured him as a young man, as a young priest, I loved his kind of argumentative certainties, his apologetics; can't stand it now.
  • The methods of apologetics outlined above - natural theology and history - are primarily scientific.
  • Various forms of theistic apologetics serve this function (among others).


Mid 18th century: from apologetic.

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