apologetic[ə päl′ə jet′ik]
- defending in writing or speech; vindicating
- showing realization of and regret for a fault, wrong, etc.; making an apology
Origin of apologeticFrench apologétique ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin apologeticus ; from Classical Greek apologētikos, suitable for defense ; from apologeisthai: see apology
- Offering or expressing an apology or excuse: an apologetic note; an apologetic smile.
- Self-deprecating; humble: an apologetic manner.
- Serving as or containing a formal justification or defense: an apologetic treatise on church doctrine.
Origin of apologeticMiddle English, formal defense, from Latin apologēticus, from Greek apologētikos, suitable for defense, from apologeisthai, to defend oneself verbally, from apologos, apology, story; see apologue.
(comparative more apologetic, superlative most apologetic)
- Having the character of apology; regretfully excusing
- His tone was apologetic as he explained what had happened.
- (dated) Defending by words or arguments; said or written in defense.
From French apologétique, from Ancient Greek ἀπολογητικός (apologētikos, “of or suitable for defense”), from ἀπολογέσθαι (apologesthai, “to speak in defense of”).