an apology or formal defense of an idea, religion, etc., esp. such a defense of one's own beliefs or conduct
Origin of apologiaLL(Ec): popularized by J. H. Newman in Apologia Pro Vita Sua, his defense of his conversion from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism
A formal defense or justification. See Synonyms at apology.
Origin of apologiaLatin apology ; see apology .