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apologist

[uh-pol-uh-jist]
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noun
  1. a person who makes a defense in speech or writing of a belief, idea, etc.
  2. Ecclesiastical.
    1. Also a·pol·o·gete [uh-pol-uh-jeet] /əˈpɒl əˌdʒit/.a person skilled in apologetics.
    2. one of the authors of the early Christian apologies in defense of the faith.
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Origin of apologist

1630–40; apolog(y) + -ist or < French apologiste
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apologist

noun
  1. a person who offers a defence by argument
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Word Origin and History for apologist

n.

1630s, from French apologiste, from apologie (see apology).

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