“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 kinda fergot it wasn't nothin' but a pitcher," he stammered, apologetically.
"I have used up your whole afternoon," he said, apologetically.
"It's too hot to do much of anything," he said apologetically.
“Ha—hum—ha—I am afraid I have brought you rather a rough specimen,” he said apologetically.
“It did roll onto the floor that time,” said Mr. Critz apologetically.
"You weren't really expelled, dear," Mrs. Banks said apologetically.
"My headstrong husband doesn't care for coffee," she confessed, apologetically.
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).