- A person who offers an argument in defence of something controversial: an enthusiastic apologist for fascism in the 1920sMore example sentences
- Religious apologists have tended to argue from authority to justify their beliefs, often quoting from texts such as the Bible.
- Her alibi, offered by her apologists, is that she was starved of affection - a euphemism for sex.
- I do not intend to get into an argument with an apologist for mass murder such as yourself.
mid 17th century: from French apologiste, from Greek apologizesthai 'give an account' (see apologize).