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a·pol·o·gy

 (ə-pŏl′ə-jē)
n. pl. a·pol·o·gies
1. An acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense: Please accept my apology for being so late.
2.
a. A formal justification or defense.
b. An explanation or excuse: "The consequence of those measures will be the best apology for my conduct" (Daniel Defoe).
3. An inferior substitute: The sagging cot was a poor apology for a bed.

[Latin apologia, from Greek apologiā : apo-, apo- + logos, speech; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: apology, apologia, defense, justification
These nouns denote a statement that excuses or defends something, such as a past action or a policy: Their arguments amounted to an apology for capital punishment. The senators' apologia explained why they changed their position. We produced evidence in defense of the policy. Reducing energy costs was our main justification for replacing the windows.

apology

(əˈpɒlədʒɪ)
n, pl -gies
1. an oral or written expression of regret or contrition for a fault or failing
2. a poor substitute or offering
3. another word for apologia
[C16: from Old French apologie, from Late Latin apologia, from Greek: a verbal defence, from apo- + logos speech]

a•pol•o•gy

(əˈpɒl 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.
[1400–50; late Middle English apologe (< Middle French) < Late Latin apologia < Greek]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apology - an expression of regret at having caused trouble for someoneapology - an expression of regret at having caused trouble for someone; "he wrote a letter of apology to the hostess"
acknowledgement, acknowledgment - a statement acknowledging something or someone; "she must have seen him but she gave no sign of acknowledgment"; "the preface contained an acknowledgment of those who had helped her"
2.apology - a formal written defense of something you believe in stronglyapology - a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly
vindication, defense, defence - the justification for some act or belief; "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"
3.apology - a poor example; "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile"
example, instance, illustration, representative - an item of information that is typical of a class or group; "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is an example on page 10"

apology

noun regret, explanation, excuse, confession, extenuation We received a letter of apology.
apology for something or someone mockery of, excuse for, imitation of, caricature of, travesty of, poor substitute for What an apology for a leader!

apology

noun
1. A statement of acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon:
excuse, mea culpa, regret (used in plural).
2. A statement that justifies or defends something, such as a past action or policy:
Translations
إعْتِذاراِعْتِذاردفاع
omluva
undskyldningforsvar
anteeksipyyntöpahoittelupuolustuspuolustuskirjoitus
isprika
bocsánatkérés
afsökun
侘び詫び
사과
atsiprasau
opravičilo
ursäkt
คำขอโทษ
lời xin lỗi

apology

[əˈpɒlədʒɪ] N
1. (= expression of regret) → disculpa f
letter of apologycarta f de disculpa
I demand an apologyexijo una disculpa
to make or offer an apologydisculparse, presentar sus excusas (for por) to make no apology or apologies for sthno tener reparo en algo
I make no apologies for being bluntno tengo ningún reparo en serle franco
please accept my apologiesle ruego me disculpe
I owe you an apologyte debo una disculpa
to send an apology (at meeting) → presentar sus excusas
there are apologies from Gerry and Janese han excusado Gerry y Jane
2. (Literat) → apología f
3. (pej) an apology for a stewuna birria de guisado
this apology for a letterésta que apenas se puede llamar carta

apology

[əˈpɒlədʒi] n (= expression of regret) → excuses fpl
to send one's apologies → envoyer une lettre d'excuse, s'excuser (de ne pas pouvoir venir)
please accept my apologies → vous voudrez bien m'excuser
to make an apology → s'excuser
to make sb an apology, to make an apology to sb → s'excuser auprès de qn
to make one's apologies, to offer one's apologies → présenter ses excuses
to make no apologies for sth
I make no apologies for what I said → Je ne cherche pas à défendre ce que j'ai dit.

apology

n
(= expression of regret)Entschuldigung f; to make or offer somebody an apologyjdn um Verzeihung bitten; to make or offer one’s apologiessich entschuldigen; Mr Jones sends his apologiesHerr Jones lässt sich entschuldigen; I owe you an apologyich muss dich um Verzeihung bitten; are there any apologies?lässt sich jemand entschuldigen?; I make no apology or apologies for the fact that …ich entschuldige mich nicht dafür, dass …
(= poor substitute)trauriges or armseliges Exemplar (→ for +gen); an apology for a breakfastein armseliges Frühstück
(= defence)Rechtfertigung f, → Apologie f

apology

[əˈpɒlədʒɪ] nscuse fpl
I demand an apology → esigo delle scuse
please accept my apologies → la prego di accettare le mie scuse
an apology for a lunch (pej) → un tentativo mal riuscito di pranzo

apologize,

apologise

(əˈpolədʒaiz) verb
to say that one is sorry, for having done something wrong, for a fault etc. I must apologize to her for my rudeness.
aˌpoloˈgetic (-ˈdʒetik) adjective
showing regret or saying one is sorry for having done something wrong etc. an apologetic letter.
aˌpoloˈgetically adverb
aˈpologyplural aˈpologies noun
Please accept my apology for not arriving on time; He made his apologies for not attending the meeting.

apology

اِعْتِذار omluva undskyldning Entschuldigung συγγνώμη disculpa anteeksipyyntö excuses isprika scuse 詫び 사과 verontschuldiging unnskyldning przeprosiny desculpa извинение ursäkt คำขอโทษ özür lời xin lỗi 道歉
References in classic literature ?
Meg received his humble apology, and was much comforted by the assurance that Brooke knew nothing of the joke.
Instead he hurried from the room with a murmured apology.
The simple admirer of the war-horse instantly fell back to a low, gaunt, switch-tailed mare, that was unconsciously gleaning the faded herbage of the camp nigh by; where, leaning with one elbow on the blanket that concealed an apology for a saddle, he became a spectator of the departure, while a foal was quietly making its morning repast, on the opposite side of the same animal.
They had done nothing to deserve it; and it was adding insult to injury, as the thing was done here, swinging them up in this cold-blooded, impersonal way, without a pretense of apology, without the homage of a tear.
But it's no kind of apology for slavery, to prove that it isn't worse than some other bad thing.
Why not put my house, my parlor, behind this plot, instead of behind that meager assemblage of curiosities, that poor apology for a Nature and Art, which I call my front yard?
Well, trooping the colors is a very solemn ceremony, and everybody must stand uncovered when the flag goes by, the commandant and all; and once I was there, and ignorantly walked across right in front of the band, which was an awful disgrace: Ah, the Lieutenant-General was so ashamed, and so distressed that I should have done such a thing before all the world, that she couldn't keep the tears back; and then she taught me the salute, so that if I ever did any other unmilitary act through ignorance I could do my salute and she believed everybody would think it was apology enough and would not press the matter.
Without scruplewithout apology without much apparent diffidence, Mr.
You had rather look out for misery for Marianne, and guilt for poor Willoughby, than an apology for the latter.
He had deigned an explanation, almost an apology, and I did not feel insensible to his condescension, and would not seem so.
I cannot rest, Ellen,' she said, by way of apology.
To the best of my understanding, and bad's the best, you'll tell me," said Miss Pross, softened by the tone of the apology, "he is afraid of the whole subject.