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[ap-uh-loh-jee-uh] /ˌæp əˈloʊ dʒi ə/
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.
Origin of apologia
1775-85; < Late Latin < Greek: a speaking in defense. See apo-, log-, -ia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They are at least much more brief than the apologia which precedes them.

    More Portmanteau Plays Stuart Walker
  • With Shakespeare there is no Wagnerian, Euripidean "apologia."

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • The first sentence was a brief self-accusation, what followed was the defense—a sinner's apologia pro vita sua.

    The Tysons May Sinclair
  • Newman had put these difficulties so powerfully in the apologia.

    The Life of Mrs. Humphry Ward Janet Penrose Trevelyan
  • Did Browning mean this poem to be an apologia for illegal love?

    The Brownings Lilian Whiting
British Dictionary definitions for apologia


a formal written defence of a cause or one's beliefs or conduct
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for apologia

see apology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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