“We lead a life of glimpses & glances,” Emerson apologetically wrote of their time in his house.
It was, he said apologetically, one of 22 evictions he had to carry out that day.
"No, of course not; I beg your pardon," he says apologetically.
"I was afraid you might not come willingly," Porter said apologetically.
"I have used up your whole afternoon," he said, apologetically.
"But such a sweet one," suggested Josephine, apologetically.
“Ha—hum—ha—I am afraid I have brought you rather a rough specimen,” he said apologetically.
“Thought you were alluding to my name, sir,” said Dick, apologetically.
"You weren't really expelled, dear," Mrs. Banks said apologetically.
"I should say a sort of foreigner, sir," apologetically replied the butler.
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).