noun (plural apologies)
- 1A regretful acknowledgment of an offense or failure: we owe you an apology my apologies for the delay I make no apologies for supporting that policyMore 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.
- 1.1A formal, public statement of regret, such as one issued by a newspaper, government, or other organization: the Prime Minister demanded an apology from the ambassadorMore example sentences
- After the organisers issued a formal apology, the monks called off their fast but several hundred of their supporters engaged in an aggressive protest near the venue.
- Many people have expressed their concerns that we need to issue a more public apology.
- He then issued a contrite public apology for his ‘foolish mistake’ before frantically trying to avoid being tracked down by the media.
- 1.2 (apologies) Used to express formally one’s regret at being unable to attend a meeting or social function: apologies for absence were received from Miss BrownMore 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.
- 3A reasoned argument or writing in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine: a specious apology for capitalismMore example sentences
defense of, explanation of, justification of, vindication of, apologia for
- Just war theory has in practice been little more than a religious apology for the excesses of empire.
- First, in arguing that atheism is unscientific I do not wish to present an apology for any theistic doctrine or any particular religious faith.
- We are frequently urged to understand the terrorists, but too often the call to understand is code for justification and apology.
with apologies to
- Used before the name of an author or artist to indicate that something is a parody or adaptation of their 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 defense against an accusation): from French apologie, or via late Latin from Greek apologia 'a speech in one's own defense', from apo 'away'+ -logia (see -logy).