Definitions for apologyəˈpɒl ə dʒi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•pol•o•gyəˈpɒl ə dʒi(n.)(pl.)-gies.

  1. an expression of regret for having committed an error or rudeness.

  2. a defense or justification of a cause or doctrine.

  3. an inferior substitute; makeshift.

Origin of apology:

1400–50; late ME apologe (< MF) < LL apologia < Gk

Princeton's WordNet

  1. apology(noun)

    an expression of regret at having caused trouble for someone

    "he wrote a letter of apology to the hostess"

  2. apology, apologia(noun)

    a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly

  3. apology, excuse(noun)

    a poor example

    "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. apology(noun)əˈpɒl ə dʒi

    an expression of regret

    to make an apology; I owe you an apology.


  1. apology(Noun)

    An expression of remorse or regret for having said or done something that harmed another: an instance of apologizing (saying that one is sorry).

  2. apology(Noun)

    A formal justification, defence.

    The Apology of Socrates.

  3. Origin: From apologie, from apologia, from ἀπολογία, from ἀπολογοῦμαι, from ἀπόλογος, from ἀπό (see apo-) + λόγος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apology(noun)

    something said or written in defense or justification of what appears to others wrong, or of what may be liable to disapprobation; justification; as, Tertullian's Apology for Christianity

  2. Apology(noun)

    an acknowledgment intended as an atonement for some improper or injurious remark or act; an admission to another of a wrong or discourtesy done him, accompanied by an expression of regret

  3. Apology(noun)

    anything provided as a substitute; a makeshift

  4. Apology(verb)

    to offer an apology


  1. Apology

    The Apology is Plato's version of the speech given by Socrates as he defended himself in 399 BC against the charges of "corrupting the young, and by not believing in the gods in whom the city believes, but in other daimonia that are novel". "Apology" here has its earlier meaning of speaking in defense of a cause or of one's beliefs or actions.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'apology' in Nouns Frequency: #2686

Translations for apology

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


Please accept my apology for not arriving on time; He made his apologies for not attending the meeting.

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