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a·pol·o·get·ic

 (ə-pŏl′ə-jĕt′ĭk) also a·pol·o·get·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
adj.
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.
n.
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.

apologetic

(əˌpɒləˈdʒɛtɪk) or

apologetical

adj
1. expressing or anxious to make apology; contrite
2. protecting or defending in speech or writing
aˌpoloˈgetically adv

a•pol•o•get•ic

(əˌpɒl əˈdʒɛt ɪk)

adj.
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.
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"

apologetic

adjective regretful, sorry, rueful, contrite, remorseful, penitent The hospital staff were very apologetic about the mistake.

apologetic

adjective
Expressing or inclined to express an apology:
noun
A statement that justifies or defends something, such as a past action or policy:
Translations
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özür dileyen

apologetic

[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

apologetic

[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

apologetic

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

apologetic

[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

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.
References in classic literature ?
The photographer came out and gave a constrained, apologetic laugh.
He lifted his eyes, when he saw his master, with a half-deprecating, apologetic air.
said Defarge, with a half complaining and half apologetic shrug.
Well, sir,' said the waiter, with an apologetic air.
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.
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.
not far from here," he added in an apologetic voice, somewhat abashed.
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.
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.
Nioche made its appearance, with a series of little inquiring and apologetic obeisances, among the aromatic fumes of Newman's morning beverage.
He left us in the white flash of an apologetic grin.
He has been worrying a long time about his lost son," said Bessie, in a low, apologetic tone.