noun, plural a·pol·o·gies.
Origin of apology
Examples from the Web for apology
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.
Update: It appears Lauten has deleted the apology from Facebook.
The apology for tea was brought, and both accepted it, talking of trivialities.Scarlet and Hyssop|E. F. Benson
A messenger was at once dispatched to the hall with a note of apology for their abrupt departure.Frank Oldfield|T.P. Wilson
This visit, an apology, and a present healed her wounded feelings, and disposed her to a gracious reception.Historic Tales, Vol. 1 (of 15)|Charles Morris
With a courteous little gesture, Brenton interrupted her apology and half rose from his chair.The Brentons|Anna Chapin Ray
No apology is necessary for the excision of the reviewer's unreasonably long extracts from the poem.Early Reviews of English Poets|John Louis Haney
noun plural -gies
Word Origin for apology
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).