- 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 apology
In this cockamamie get-rich scheme, would they all issue an apology if he cut a check?Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
What he has said publicly is an apology for colonialism, something we are not guilty of in Cuba.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
As reparation, the court ordered $563 to be paid out to Yang and required the clinic to post an apology on its website.China’s Electroshock Gay-Conversion Case
December 19, 2014
This is not a woman who wants pity, nor does she want money, or even an apology from Cosby.Here’s What She’d Tell Bill Cosby Today
December 9, 2014
Update: It appears Lauten has deleted the apology from Facebook.GOP Flack Throws Shade at First Teens
November 29, 2014
In view of the violence you made use of, I consider that you owe my son an apology.Brave and Bold
She called upon her in the course of the morning, to make an apology.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
"I jest took up a garter," she said, with some apology in her tone.Meadow Grass
He backed, and began to stammer an apology; but she did not wait to hear a word of it.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Drumtochty listened patiently to Hillocks' apology, but was not satisfied.A Doctor of the Old School, Part 1
- 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 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).