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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.


(əˌpɒləˈdʒɛtɪk) or


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


(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.
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"


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


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


[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


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


[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



(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.