an apology, as in defense or justification of a belief, idea, etc.
Literature. a work written as an explanation or justification of one's motives, convictions, or acts.

Origin of apologia

1775–85; < Late Latin < Greek: a speaking in defense. See apo-, log-, -ia
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a formal written defence of a cause or one's beliefs or conduct
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Word Origin and History for apologia

see apology.

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