noun (plural apologies)
- 1A regretful acknowledgement of an offence or failure: we owe you an apology my apologies for the delayMore example sentences
- No apology for failure to deliver on costly contracts or to adopt more flexible and consumer-friendly policies.
- He has made mistakes, as he himself acknowledged during a televised apology last weekend.
- He acknowledged his apology couldn't make the incident and hurt go away for the victim.
- 1.1 (apologies) A formal expression of regret at being unable to attend a meeting or social function: Robert can’t come and sends his apologiesMore example sentences
- Have been severely incapacitated by latest pregnancy symptoms so apologies for absence.
- Other councillors, who were unable to attend, sent their apologies and offered their support.
- At the February meeting of the Association three new members were welcomed and despite some apologies the meeting was very well attended.
- 2 (an apology for) A very poor or inadequate example of: we were shown into an apology for a bedroomMore example sentences
- It is all very well to talk about Pub City and Fun City, but it all happens in this poor apology of a downtown, a very long way off from the workplace that gets longer by the day with every additional vehicle they buy.
- Its American cousin makes a poor apology for a nest, it is true, merely a loose bundle or platform of sticks, as flimsily put together as a dove's nest.
- But in this sorry apology for a summer, show day on Sunday dawned with glorious sunshine and warm temperatures.
- 3 another term for apologia.More example sentences
- We can write letters to foreign newspapers, websites, post personal apologies on our blogs.
- The claim ‘I was striving to advance human knowledge’ should be regarded as a stout ethical defence, not an apology.
- Mr Clarke argues the same case, with added apologies for restricting personal freedom.
with apologies to
- Used to introduce a parody or adaptation of a particular person’s work: here, with apologies to Rudyard Kipling, is a more apt version of ‘If’More example sentences
- Or, to put it negatively, and with apologies to (the heirs and assigns of) Jacqueline Susann: Once is Not Enough.
- ‘And with apologies to W B Yeats, I believe that ‘things can come together, and that the centre can hold’.
- Editor's note: An excerpt of a script treatment now making the rounds in Hollywood is reprinted here, with apologies to Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola.
mid 16th century (denoting a formal defence against an accusation): from French apologie, or via late Latin from Greek apologia 'a speech in one's own defence', from apo 'away'+ -logia (see -logy).