an apology, as in defense or justification of a belief, idea, etc.
Literature. a work written as an explanation or justification of one's motives, convictions, or acts.

1775–85; < Late Latin < Greek: a speaking in defense. See apo-, log-, -ia

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apologia (ˌæpəˈləʊdʒɪə)
a formal written defence of a cause or one's beliefs or conduct

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No better and more triumphant apologia was ever written.
And while some border on apologia, that is not necessarily so.
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