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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.
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apologist

(əˈpɒlədʒɪst)
n
a person who offers a defence by argument
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a•pol•o•gist

(əˈpɒl ə dʒɪst)

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

a person who defends, in speech or writing, a faith, doctrine, idea, or action.
See also: Argumentation
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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
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apologist

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

apologist

[əˈpɒlədʒɪst] Napologista mf
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apologist

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

nApologet(in) m(f)
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apologist

[əˈpɒlədʒɪst] napologeta m/f
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References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
There were apologists for the midfielder on both sides.
Usually, apologists do not reflect on their own assumptions.
Obamaas statements and policies suggests that, contrary to the claims of his apologists, he has been the most hostile president towards Israel since Jimmy Carter.
Summary: Lebanon has a moral obligation to support the fall of Syrian President Assad and should use upcoming elections to reject "the apologists of Assad's butchery."
Head-in-the-sand euro apologists continued to be in a state of denial.
WE are forever being told that we shouldn't take the law into our own hands, yet apologists for the government of the USA don't think we have the right to question the tactics of executions, bombings, invading of countries and the setting up of military bases across the world.
Part 1 lays the foundation for her investigation by analyzing the nature of the Apologists within the context of the "Second Sophistic" revival of self-conscious Hellenism and contemporary notions of travel within the Roman Empire.
European Parliament allowing itself to be used as a platform for LTTE apologists to discredit Sri Lanka.