- a written or spoken expression of one's regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another: He demanded an apology from me for calling him a crook.
- a defense, excuse, or justification in speech or writing, as for a cause or doctrine.
- (initial capital letter, italics) a dialogue by Plato, centering on Socrates' defense before the tribunal that condemned him to death.
- an inferior specimen or substitute; makeshift: The tramp wore a sad apology for a hat.
Origin of apology
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Examples from the Web for apologies
Cocker, by contrast, was always a rock singer, without frills or apologies.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
December 23, 2014
Koenig apologies for what she seems to treat as a sign of weakness.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End
December 18, 2014
Apologies, tea partiers, but John Roberts really did stick us with government health care!What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight
November 6, 2014
But I have no apologies for the audible squeals I unknowingly squeak out whenever I see her on screen.‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2: The Finest, Funniest, and Most Terrifying Moments of Eps. 1-6
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
June 12, 2014
But my apologies: I actually have to run back to the Goop Pop-Up for a second.I Went to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Pop-Up Shop
May 5, 2014
She had surely sufficient occupation, and yet she has no apologies at hand.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
"Oh, make no apologies to me at such a time as this," said Mrs. Delacour.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
No burly drayman or big butts of beer, were wanted for apologies.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
I bowed very low, faltered some apologies, and backed to the door.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
And she accepted his apologies with a calmness that astonished him.Howards End
E. M. Forster
- an oral or written expression of regret or contrition for a fault or failing
- a poor substitute or offering
- another word for apologia
Word Origin and History for apologies
early 15c., "defense, justification," from Late Latin apologia, from Greek apologia "a speech in defense," from apologeisthai "to speak in one's defense," from apologos "an account, story," from apo- "from, off" (see apo-) + logos "speech" (see lecture (n.)).
The original English sense of "self-justification" yielded a meaning "frank expression of regret for wrong done," first recorded 1590s, but this was not the main sense until 18c. The old sense tends to emerge in Latin form apologia (first attested in English 1784), especially since J.H. Newman's "Apologia pro Vita Sua" (1864).