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written or spoken expressions of regret: She will make apologies for her rudeness.; excuses or justifications, as for a cause or doctrine; vindications
Not to be confused with:
apologize – to offer an apology or excuse for some fault, insult, failure, or injury: You should apologize for being so insensitive.
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n. pl. a·pol·o·gies
1. An acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense: Please accept my apology for being so late.
a. A formal justification or defense.
b. An explanation or excuse: "The consequence of those measures will be the best apology for my conduct" (Daniel Defoe).
3. An inferior substitute: The sagging cot was a poor apology for a bed.

[Latin apologia, from Greek apologiā : apo-, apo- + logos, speech; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: apology, apologia, defense, justification
These nouns denote a statement that excuses or defends something, such as a past action or a policy: Their arguments amounted to an apology for capital punishment. The senators' apologia explained why they changed their position. We produced evidence in defense of the policy. Reducing energy costs was our main justification for replacing the windows.
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References in classic literature ?
I long to make apologies, excuses, to urge something for myself.
"You owe me no apologies; and every body to whom you might be supposed to owe them, is so perfectly satisfied, so delighted even"
The Cat replied, "Although you abound in specious apologies, I shall not remain supperless"; and he made a meal of him.
I offer no apologies for any departures from the usual style of travel- writing that may be charged against me--for I think I have seen with impartial eyes, and I am sure I have written at least honestly, whether wisely or not.
They waited a good while under the orange trees, till Madame Antoine came back, panting, waddling, with a thousand apologies to explain her absence.
Some hours before the guests were expected, Isabel arrived alone at the farm, bearing the apologies of unfortunate Miss Pink, still kept a prisoner in her bed-chamber by the asthma.
Besides, his intention was formed to make the brave Musketeer all suitable apologies, but without meanness or weakness, fearing that might result from this duel which generally results from an affair of this kind, when a young and vigorous man fights with an adversary who is wounded and weakened--if conquered, he doubles the triumph of his antagonist; if a conqueror, he is accused of foul play and want of courage.
"And now you are assembled, gentlemen," said D'Artagnan, "permit me to offer you my apologies.
She had a preoccupied look, and she made her apologies for being late rather absently.
Tilney, I have been quite wild to speak to you, and make my apologies. You must have thought me so rude; but indeed it was not my own fault, was it, Mrs.
Batterbury, giving me Annabella's love and apologies for not being able to come and see me.
"He will come to-morrow," she thought; "and we shall both make apologies. I shall regret that I was angry with him and he will regret that he was mistaken in his judgment of Mrs.