Definition of apologetic in English:

apologetic

Syllabification: a·pol·o·get·ic
Pronunciation: /əˌpäləˈjetik
 
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adjective

  • 1Regretfully acknowledging or excusing an offense or failure: she was very apologetic about the whole incident
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    • The typist smiles to himself as the story returns like an apologetic lover, penitent, regretful and contrite.
    • Defending, the lawyer said his client was apologetic and very much regretted the incident.
    • ‘As much as I would love to, I have already made plans, sorry,’ I said, giving him an apologetic smile.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Of the nature of a formal defense or justification of something such as a theory or religious doctrine: the apologetic proposition that production for profit is the same thing as production for need
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    • The apologetic justification of church division has in many cases been a source of heated confessional intolerance.
    • There are not several types of sermons, for example, expository, historical, doctrinal, moral, apologetic, and topical.
    • Perhaps the most distasteful element of Romance is its attempt to justify its sexual explicitness with these vaguely apologetic ruminations on the mind/body split.

noun

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  • A reasoned argument or writing in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine: free market apologetics
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    • Yet there is, as a matter of fact if not doctrine, an inherent tendency in religious apologetic to suppose that redemption emerges from suffering.
    • Apologetics research resources on religious cults and sects
    • He is a philosophy professor and has spent over 20 years studying issues in Christian apologetics and philosophy.

Derivatives

apologetically

Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
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  • She speaks apologetically when she says she can't replace the specialist teachers and carers in her son's life.
  • He shrugged his shoulders apologetically and walked away.
  • Often, he apologetically requests his passengers to show him the way.

Origin

late Middle English (as a noun denoting a formal defense or justification): from French apologétique or late Latin apologeticus, from Greek apologētikos, from apologeisthei 'speak in one's own defense', from apologia (see apology). The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

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