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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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Adv.1.apologetically - in an apologetic mannerapologetically - in an apologetic manner; "he spoke apologetically about his past"
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[əˌpɒləˈdʒɛtɪkli] adv [say, smile] → en s'excusant
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adv say, smileentschuldigend
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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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She was always taking little houses for somebody's good, for the sick or the sorry, for broken-down artists, cleaned- out gamblers, temporarily unlucky speculators - VIEUX AMIS - old friends, as she used to explain apologetically, with a shrug of her fine shoulders.
"If the count had been at home..." Mavra Kuzminichna went on apologetically. "Christ be with you, sir!
"The night-clerk rose, bowed (apologetically) and--well, he was no longer there, and at that moment I felt a hand laid upon my shoulder from behind.
It was there I first saw him, sitting on a low bench by the door, his plush cap in his hands, his bare feet tucked apologetically under the seat.
"It's the custom, sir," he added apologetically. And not long after, without another word, he passed away.
"I want food," said I, almost apologetically, and drawing near.
Hilda said nothing, and as they walked on MacConnell spoke again, apologetically: "I hope you don't mind my knowing about it, Hilda.
"Oh, I know nothing about it; I only said what I should like," he said apologetically.
"That's the only money I've got," she said apologetically. "Thank you, little miss," said the man, in a less respectful and grateful tone than Maggie anticipated, and she even observed that he smiled and winked at his companion.
"Ask Hannah for some nice little mess, and take it round, Beth, the air will do you good," said Jo, adding apologetically, "I'd go but I want to finish my writing."
"It wasn't MY idea," said Rebecca apologetically. "I had only made the first line when I saw you were going to ring the bell and say the time was up.
The great numbers on their backs, as if they were street doors; their coarse mangy ungainly outer surface, as if they were lower animals; their ironed legs, apologetically garlanded with pocket-handkerchiefs; and the way in which all present looked at them and kept from them; made them (as Herbert had said) a most disagreeable and degraded spectacle.