- 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
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Examples from the Web for apologia
Submit to his apologia for Murmelstein, or chalk this up to a case of a filmmaker courting controversy?Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’
February 7, 2014
Newsflash for the sentimental leftists polluting my Twitter timeline with Chavez apologia: state socialism doesn't work.How Did Chavez's Socialism Treat Venezuela?
March 6, 2013
Their reaction seemed almost instinctive—and it echoed the GOP apologia for Romney.Does Barack Obama Need a Friend Like Bill Clinton?
June 11, 2012
The present system too readily transforms the rule of law into an apologia for arbitrary presidential power.The Lawless Presidency
June 29, 2011
Nor is his often-riveting new memoir an exercise in nostalgia, apologia, or retread rhetoric.The Accidental Radical
John Douglas Marshall
April 27, 2009
Erasmus at once bought Faber's book, and soon published an Apologia.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
It is curious to read about that movement in the Apologia, for example, of Cardinal Newman.Oxford
With Shakespeare there is no Wagnerian, Euripidean "apologia."Visions and Revisions
John Cowper Powys
I always refer inquirers to what I have said in my "Apologia."
Drumtochty listened patiently to Hillocks's apologia, but was not satisfied.
- a formal written defence of a cause or one's beliefs or conduct
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Word Origin and History for apologia
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