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.
- re·a·pol·o·gy, noun, plural re·a·pol·o·gies.
- su·per·a·pol·o·gy, noun, plural su·per·a·pol·o·gies.
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How to use apology in a sentence
During the game, and despite apologies, Brennaman, who happens to be a past donor to the Republican Party and candidates, was suspended and banished from the broadcast booth.
The notices appeared a day after Robinhood issued an apology on Twitter to customers who had experienced delays in placing their orders.Robinhood app stumbles amid surge in Apple, Tesla trading volume | Jeff | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
These can range from timely repayment of debts and abiding by laws, to spreading rumors, donating blood, and making “insincere” apologies.The Chinese and U.S. Internets are drifting apart. Why that’s bad for the whole world | jakemeth | August 21, 2020 | Fortune
The company responded with a blog post describing new policies it plans to enact, followed by an apology posted to Instagram yesterday.Former Glossier employees say they faced racism at the brand’s retail stores | ehinchliffe | August 18, 2020 | Fortune
I am happy to see this apology and look forward to seeing their demonstrated effort to make amends.
I remember H. Jon Benjamin told me it was a way-too-late apology for Hiroshima and Nagasaki.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS | Marlow Stern | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
In this cockamamie get-rich scheme, would they all issue an apology if he cut a check?
What he has said publicly is an apology for colonialism, something we are not guilty of in Cuba.
As reparation, the court ordered $563 to be paid out to Yang and required the clinic to post an apology on its website.
This is not a woman who wants pity, nor does she want money, or even an apology from Cosby.
Urbanity ushers in water that needs no apology, and gives a zest to the worst vintage.Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
“My sister is passionately fond of children,” said the elder lady, in smiling apology.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
But Grandfather Mole told him to be gone, and to take the apology away with him.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
She looked up at his word of apology, and they stood face to face—himself and Miss Ashton!Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
"You may speak freely before this gentleman," observed Mr. Carr, as if in apology for a third being present.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for apology
an oral or written expression of regret or contrition for a fault or failing
a poor substitute or offering
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