An apologetic note; an apologetic smile.
His tone was apologetic as he explained what had happened.
An apologetic manner.
An apologetic treatise on church doctrine.
Origin of apologetic
- Middle English formal defense from Latin apologēticus from Greek apologētikos suitable for defense from apologeisthai to defend oneself verbally from apologos apology, story apologue
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French apologétique, from Ancient Greek ἀπολογητικός (apologētikos, “of or suitable for defense”), from ἀπολογέσθαι (apologesthai, “to speak in defense of”).