It was, he said apologetically, one of 22 evictions he had to carry out that day.
“We lead a life of glimpses & glances,” Emerson apologetically wrote of their time in his house.
1640s, "vindicatory," from French apologétique, from Latin apologeticus, from Greek apologetikos "defensible," from apologeisthai (see apology). Meaning "regretfully acknowledging failure" is from 1855. As a noun, "formal defense," from early 15c. Related: Apologetics (c.1753).