What does apology mean?

Definitions for apologyəˈpɒl ə dʒi

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word apology.

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"


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apology

    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to ward off an attack: a defence or justification: frank acknowledgment of an offence: a poor substitute (with for; of is obsolete).—v.i. Apol′ogise, to make excuse: to express regret for a fault (with for).—n. Apol′ogist, one who makes an apology: a defender by argument.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

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apology in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. ibrahim:

    An apology is not the second way in.

  2. Federico Gutierrez:

    He must offer an apology to the city.

  3. Kimberly Johnson:

    Never ruin an apology with an excuse.

  4. Donald Trump:

    I will demand an apology from Hillary.

  5. King Charles I:

    Never make a defense or an apology until you are accused.

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