Definition of apologist in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /əˈpɒlədʒɪst/


A person who offers an argument in defence of something controversial: an enthusiastic apologist for fascism in the 1920s
More 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).

Words that rhyme with apologist

biologist, ecologist, geologist, ideologist, oncologist, ontologist, pedologist, sexologist, theologist, zoologist

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: apolo|gist

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.