apologist


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to apologist: apologetic

a·pol·o·gist

 (ə-pŏl′ə-jĭst)
n.
A person who argues in defense or justification of something, such as a doctrine, policy, or institution.

apologist

(əˈpɒlədʒɪst)
n
a person who offers a defence by argument

a•pol•o•gist

(əˈpɒl ə dʒɪst)

n.
a person who defends an idea, faith, cause, or institution.
[1630–40]

apologist

a person who defends, in speech or writing, a faith, doctrine, idea, or action.
See also: Argumentation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apologist - a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institutionapologist - a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution; "an apologist for capital punishment"
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea

apologist

noun defender, spokesman, champion, arguer, maintainer, supporter, advocate, pleader, vindicator, justifier the great Christian apologist Origen
Translations
apologeta
apologet

apologist

[əˈpɒlədʒɪst] Napologista mf

apologist

[əˈpɒlədʒɪst] napologiste m/f
an apologist for sb → un apologiste de qn

apologist

nApologet(in) m(f)

apologist

[əˈpɒlədʒɪst] napologeta m/f
References in classic literature ?
It would have been a hard trial to any woman to stand by and see the office of apologist for her husband's misconduct quietly assumed by his male friend in her own house--and it was a trial to HER.
Now Nietzsche disagreed entirely with Renan's view, that Christ was "le grand maitre en ironie"; in Aphorism 31 of "The Antichrist", he says that he (Nietzsche) always purged his picture of the Humble Nazarene of all those bitter and spiteful outbursts which, in view of the struggle the first Christians went through, may very well have been added to the original character by Apologists and Sectarians who, at that time, could ill afford to consider nice psychological points, seeing that what they needed, above all, was a wrangling and abusive deity.
English youth have been so educated time out of mind, and we have hundreds of thousands of apologists and admirers of injustice, misery, and brutality, as perpetrated among children.
It was obvious that all this was the work of no ordinary thief, and perhaps inevitable that the name of Raffles should have been dragged from oblivion by callous disrespecters of the departed and unreasoning apologists for the police.
A special friend and apologist of Watts's, she nonetheless affectionately blows the whistle on the machismo of the Rutgers group.
A Catholic author and apologist in the United States, Keating receives correspondence from a variety of people, professional anti-Catholics as well as lay people who have left the Church.
about a Holocaust apologist who's not nearly clever enough for his own good.
Not all readers of Virgil will be persuaded, however, by his initial construction of Virgil as an uncomplicated apologist for Augustus and empire.
media's top Kremlin apologist during the 1930s and his key role in smothering news of Stalin's slaughter-by-famine of the Ukrainian people.
Robeson's life: An illuminating if worshipful biography, PBS' ``Paul Robeson: Here I Stand'' (Winstar; one hour, 57 minutes) records his accomplishments as an athlete and artist and then moves carefully into the political arena, with Robeson as both champion of human rights and apologist for Stalinism and the Soviet Union.
In the late '70s, his successful career as a painter increasingly took center stage, and film gradually lost an important, always surprising apologist.
The apologist agrees that "the golden mean, the narrow way is hard to be found, and hard to be kept" (168).