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: Fr apologétique < LL(Ec) apologeticus < Gr apologētikos, suitable for defense < apologeisthai: see apology
- apologetically adverb
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- 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: Middle English, formal defense, from Latin apologēticus, from Greek apologētikos, suitable for defense, from apologeisthai, to defend oneself verbally, from apologos, apology, story; see apologue.
- a·polˌo·getˈi·cal·ly adverb