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.
- 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: usually used with a pejorative adjective: he is a poor apology for an actor
Origin of apologyEcclesiastical Late Latin apologia from Gr, a speaking in defense from apologeisthai, to speak in defense from apo-, from + logos, speech: see logic
- An acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense: Please accept my apology for being so late.
- 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 of apologyLatin apologia from Greek apologiā apo- apo- logos speech ; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
apology apologia defense justification
These nouns denote a statement that excuses or defends something, such as a past action or a policy: arguments that constituted an apology for capital punishment; published an apologia expounding her version of the events; a defense based on ignorance of the circumstances; an untenable justification for police brutality.
- An expression of remorse or regret for having said or done something that harmed another: an instance of apologizing (saying that one is sorry).
- What he said really hurt my feelings, but his apology sounded so sincere that I couldn't help but forgive him.
- The CEO made a public apology for the scandal, and promised full cooperation with the authorities.
- A formal justification, defence.
- The Apology of Socrates.
- Anything provided as a substitute; a makeshift.
- a poor apology for a hotel room