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 (ə-pŏl′ə-jĕt′ĭk) also a·pol·o·get·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Offering or expressing an apology or excuse: an apologetic note; an apologetic smile.
2. Self-deprecating; humble: an apologetic manner.
3. Serving as or containing a formal justification or defense: an apologetic treatise on church doctrine.
A formal defense or apology.

[Middle English, formal defense, from Latin apologēticus, from Greek apologētikos, suitable for defense, from apologeisthai, to defend oneself verbally, from apologos, apology, story; see apologue.]

a·pol′o·get′i·cal·ly adv.
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(əˌpɒləˈdʒɛtɪk) or


1. expressing or anxious to make apology; contrite
2. protecting or defending in speech or writing
aˌpoloˈgetically adv
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(əˌpɒl əˈdʒɛt ɪk)

1. containing an apology or excuse for a fault or failure: an apologetic letter for the delay.
2. presented in defense or vindication: apologetic arguments.
3. seeming to offer apology: an apologetic look.
4. regretful: apologetic for the oversight.
[1645–55; < Late Latin apologēticus written defense, defensive < Greek apologētikós fit for defense]
a•pol`o•get′i•cal•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.apologetic - offering or expressing apologyapologetic - offering or expressing apology; "an apologetic note"; "an apologetic manner"
unapologetic - unwilling to make or express an apology; "an unapologetic believer"
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adjective regretful, sorry, rueful, contrite, remorseful, penitent The hospital staff were very apologetic about the mistake.
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Expressing or inclined to express an apology:
A statement that justifies or defends something, such as a past action or policy:
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[əˌpɒləˈdʒetɪk] ADJ [look, smile, letter, tone] → de disculpa
he came in with an apologetic airentró como pidiendo disculpas
he didn't seem in the least apologeticno parecía sentirlo en absoluto
"oh, I'm sorry," said the girl, immediately apologetic-ay, lo siento -dijo la niña disculpándose rápidamente
twenty minutes late, a profusely apologetic Mrs Perks arrivedla Sra. Perks llegó con veinte minutos de retraso disculpándose profusamente
he was very apologeticse deshizo en disculpas
to be apologetic about sthdisculparse por algo
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[əˌpɒləˈdʒɛtɪk] adj [tone, letter] → d'excuse; [person, smile] → contrit(e)
to be apologetic about sth → s'excuser de qch
to be very apologetic about sth → s'excuser vivement de qch
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


adj (= making an apology)entschuldigend attr; (= sorry, regretful)bedauernd attr; a very apologetic Mr Smith rang backHerr Smith rief zurück und entschuldigte sich sehr; she wrote me an apologetic lettersie schrieb mir und entschuldigte sich vielmals; I’m afraid you didn’t win, he said with an apologetic lookes tut mir leid, aber Sie haben nicht gewonnen, sagte er mit bedauernder Miene; he was most apologetic (about it)er entschuldigte sich vielmals (dafür); his tone was very apologeticsein Ton war sehr bedauernd; his expression was very apologeticseine Miene drückte deutlich sein Bedauern aus
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[əˌpɒləˈdʒɛtɪk] adj (look, remark, letter) → di scusa
he was very apologetic about it/for not coming → si è scusato moltissimo di ciò/per or di non essere venuto
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995



(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.
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References in classic literature ?
I got in late and was shown to my room on the ground floor by an apologetic night-clerk with a tallow candle, which he considerately left with me.
The photographer came out and gave a constrained, apologetic laugh.
And so when the days of my mourning for Nicolete were ended (and in this sentence I pass over letters to and fro,--letters wild from Nicolete, letters wise from Aucassin, letters explanatory and apologetic from the Obstacle--how the Major-General had suddenly come home quite unexpectedly and compelled her to explain Nicolete's absence, etc., etc.
"Well, sir," I said in an apologetic tone, "she was going eleven knots very nicely, and I thought she would do for another half-hour or so."
Her lips were parted in a delightful smile; she was very pretty, and inclined to be apologetic. But Scarlett Trent had seen nothing save that first glance when the sun had touched her face with fire.
No keeper was at hand, so the Leopard Man stepped over a couple of paces, dealt the wolf a sharp blow on the nose with the light cane he carried, and returned with a sadly apologetic smile to take up his unfinished sentence as though there had been no interruption.
Wise people want so many things before they can even begin to enjoy themselves, and I feel perpetually apologetic when with them, for only being able to offer them that which I love best myself-- apologetic, and ashamed of being so easily contented.
His apologetic laugh did not disguise the pleasure that he felt.
Or even if I any ways should want a wink or two,' added Sloppy, after a moment's apologetic reflection, 'I could take 'em turning.
So, we had our slices served out, as if we were two thousand troops on a forced march instead of a man and boy at home; and we took gulps of milk and water, with apologetic countenances, from a jug on the dresser.
I have to go and see someone...not far from here," he added in an apologetic voice, somewhat abashed.
The action which before commission has been seen with that blended common sense and fresh untarnished feeling which is the healthy eye of the soul, is looked at afterwards with the lens of apologetic ingenuity, through which all things that men call beautiful and ugly are seen to be made up of textures very much alike.