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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the branch of theology concerned with the defense or proof of Christianity.
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Origin of apologetics

First recorded in 1725–35; see origin at apologetic, -ics
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noun (functioning as singular)
  1. the branch of theology concerned with the defence and rational justification of Christianity
  2. a defensive method of argument
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