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apologia

[ap-uh-loh-jee-uh] /ˌæp əˈloʊ dʒi ə/
noun
1.
an apology, as in defense or justification of a belief, idea, etc.
2.
Literature. a work written as an explanation or justification of one's motives, convictions, or acts.
Origin of apologia
1775-1785
1775-85; < Late Latin < Greek: a speaking in defense. See apo-, log-, -ia
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apologia

/ˌæpəˈləʊdʒɪə/
noun
1.
a formal written defence of a cause or one's beliefs or conduct
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n.

see apology.

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