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Line breaks: apolo|gist
Pronunciation: /əˈpɒlədʒɪst

Definition of apologist in English:


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

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