an expression of regret at having caused trouble for someone
"he wrote a letter of apology to the hostess"
a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly
a poor example
"it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile"
An expression of remorse or regret for having said or done something that harmed another: an instance of apologizing (saying that one is sorry).
A formal justification, defence.
The Apology of Socrates.
Origin: From apologie, from apologia, from ἀπολογία, from ἀπολογοῦμαι, from ἀπόλογος, from ἀπό (see apo-) + λόγος.
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
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
anything provided as a substitute; a makeshift
to offer an 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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
a-pol′oj-i, n. something spoken to ward off an attack: a defence or justification: frank acknowledgment of an offence: a poor substitute (with for; of is obsolete).—v.i. Apol′ogise, to make excuse: to express regret for a fault (with for).—n. Apol′ogist, one who makes an apology: a defender by argument. [Gr.; apo, from, -logia, speaking—leg-ein, to speak.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'apology' in Nouns Frequency: #2686
The numerical value of apology in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of apology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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- اعتذار, دفاعArabic
- извине́ние, оправда́ниеBulgarian
- disculpaCatalan, Valencian
- forsvar, undskyldningDanish
- Apologie, EntschuldigungGerman
- απολογία, συγγνώμηGreek
- excusa, disculpaSpanish
- anteeksipyyntö, puolustuskirjoitus, pahoittelu, puolustusFinnish
- apologie, excuseFrench
- leisgeulScottish Gaelic
- התנצלות, סליחהHebrew
- दोर्षस्वीकार, माफी, क्षमायाचना, क्षमाHindi
- bocsánatkérés, védőbeszédHungarian
- apologia, scuseItalian
- 謝罪, 侘び, 詫び, 弁明Japanese
- EntschëllegungLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- permintaan maafMalay
- verontschuldiging, verweerDutch
- desculpa, apologiaPortuguese
- проще́ние, оправда́ние, извине́ниеRussian
- izvinjenje, извињењеSerbo-Croatian
- paumanhin, patawadTagalog
- xin lỗiVietnamese
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