Cramer was almost incoherent by this point, cringing and apologetic.
Once the noise had stopped, he would mumble a few words and flash a shy, apologetic grin.
apologetic rogue is a role more familiar to husbands (like Rupert Sanders) who want to stay out of court.
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).