Apology definition

ə-pŏlə-jē
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An acknowledgment of some fault, injury, insult, etc., with an expression of regret and a plea for pardon.
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A formal spoken or written defense of some idea, religion, philosophy, etc.
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An inferior substitute; makeshift.

He is a poor apology for an actor.

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Anything provided as a substitute; a makeshift.

A poor apology for a hotel room.

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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.

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An inferior substitute.

The sagging cot was a poor apology for a bed.

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A formal justification or defense.
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An explanation or excuse.
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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.

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The Apology of Socrates.

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An acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense.

Please accept my apology for being so late.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
apology
Plural:
apologies

Origin of apology

  • Latin apologia from Greek apologiā apo- apo- logos speech leg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French apologie, from Late Latin apologia, from Ancient Greek ἀπολογία (apologia, “a speech in defence”), from ἀπολογοῦμαι (apologoumai, “I speak in one's defense”), from ἀπόλογος (apologos, “an account, story”), from ἀπό (apo, “from, off”) (see apo-) + λόγος (logos, “speech”).

    From Wiktionary