noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of theology concerned with the defense or proof of Christianity.

Origin of apologetics

First recorded in 1725–35; see origin at apologetic, -ics
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Examples from the Web for apologetics

Contemporary Examples of apologetics

  • I know that some of you are going to call this Obama apologetics, but you know what?

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    The NSA Program and the Law

    Michael Tomasky

    June 18, 2013

  • I'm not so worried that the oligarchs will pay for apologetics on their behalf.

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    All Good Things...

    David Frum

    June 3, 2013

  • And Obama has worked to push American foreign policy beyond Carterite apologetics or Bushesque saber-rattling.

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    Carter Is Worse Than Clint

    Gil Troy

    September 4, 2012

Historical Examples of apologetics

British Dictionary definitions for apologetics


noun (functioning as singular)

the branch of theology concerned with the defence and rational justification of Christianity
a defensive method of argument
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