- The definition of an apology is a formal written or spoken declaration of someone's sorrow or regret over having harmed someone else.
An example of an apology is a child saying he is sorry for hitting another.
apology definition by Webster's New World
- a formal spoken or written defense of some idea, religion, philosophy, etc.
- an acknowledgment of some fault, injury, insult, etc., with an expression of regret and a plea for pardon
- an inferior substitute; makeshift: he is a poor apology for an actor
Origin: Ecclesiastical Late Latin apologia ; from Classical Greek a speaking in defense ; from apologeisthai, to speak in defense ; from apo-, from plush logos, speech: see logic
apology definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. a·pol·o·gies
- An acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense.
- a. A formal justification or defense.b. An explanation or excuse: “The consequence of those measures will be the best apology for my conduct” (Daniel Defoe).
- An inferior substitute: The sagging cot was a poor apology for a bed.
Origin: Latin apologia, from Greek apologiā : apo-, apo- + logos, speech; see leg- in Indo-European roots.