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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
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[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
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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
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[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
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(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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208), reprinted in Tertullian: Apologetical Works 163, 302 (Catholic Univ.
The ecumenical opening coexists, in the document of Crete, with an exclusivist apologetical discourse (Tsompanidis 2017, 87).
32, the verb "should" shows that the discourse of the father is not apologetical, "I should have given a feast", but he draws his elder son attention to the fact that: "you should have been happy and rejoiced because he is your brother who returned home." (Jeremias 2012: 36-37) This parable describes with
This theory is not reducible to a virtue ethics, but rather one that, when fully articulated, enables us to integrate the metaphysical, political, and apologetical aspects of her thought into a unified whole.
In this apologetical treatise, he adopts the Pythagorean musical cosmology in Christian theological context in order to argue that all things were created and measured by God according to the harmonic order.
While Toby is explicit in his "apologetical oration" that he is committing no harm in his endeavor, it is equally significant that the vast majority of the novel's forty-six iterations of the word "pleasure" appear in the context of Toby and Trim's campaigns.
Incidentally, Feldman also discusses Jewish attempts during the Hellenistic period to demonstrate that Greek philosophy stemmed from the Hebrew Bible, constituting a considerable precedence for De' Sommi's apologetical strategy, more than a millennium later.
After all, their whole apologetical point was that knowledge was no enemy to faith, that the two were neither hostile nor indifferent to each other, but the closest of friends.
The study also examines Sheed's apologetical writings and analyses his apologetics, comparing it with the apologetics of the Guild.
Ever since Hume's critique of miracles, this kind of apologetical strategy has often been judged as philosophically naive.
Even if we put aside the various editions that have emerged in the 30-plus provinces of the Anglican Communion, the scope of that literature has included not only commentaries but also a wide range of apologetical writings that analyze the texts and rubrics of these editions in minute detail, often from very different points of view.