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[uh-pol-uh-jee] /əˈpɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural apologies.
a written or spoken expression of one's regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another:
He demanded an apology from me for calling him a crook.
a defense, excuse, or justification in speech or writing, as for a cause or doctrine.
(initial capital letter, italics) a dialogue by Plato, centering on Socrates' defense before the tribunal that condemned him to death.
an inferior specimen or substitute; makeshift:
The tramp wore a sad apology for a hat.
late Middle English
1400-50; earlier apologie, late Middle English apologe (< Middle French) < Late Latin apologia < Greek; see apologia
Related forms
reapology, noun, plural reapologies.
superapology, noun, plural superapologies.
2. vindication. See excuse. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for apologies
  • My apologies, I must have stated it wrong.
  • Our apologies to all concerned.
  • On the present occasion, she was low in her curtsy, and profuse in her apologies.
  • Gifts must be returned, and apologies are in order for those who held engagement parties and bridal showers.
  • My sincere apologies for my comment last week.
  • She then turned to Jones, and began to renew her apologies for having disappointed him of his breakfast.
  • No apologies are made because this is, after all, a rock 'n' roll autobiography.
  • Following their mutual apologies, the two become best pals.
  • And he made no apologies for raising inconvenient questions.
  • My apologies for not reading your remarks before posting my comment.
British Dictionary definitions for apologies


noun (pl) -gies
an oral or written expression of regret or contrition for a fault or failing
a poor substitute or offering
another word for apologia
Word Origin
C16: from Old French apologie, from Late Latin apologia, from Greek: a verbal defence, from apo- + logos speech
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Word Origin and History for apologies



early 15c., "defense, justification," from Late Latin apologia, from Greek apologia "a speech in defense," from apologeisthai "to speak in one's defense," from apologos "an account, story," from apo- "from, off" (see apo-) + logos "speech" (see lecture (n.)).

The original English sense of "self-justification" yielded a meaning "frank expression of regret for wrong done," first recorded 1590s, but this was not the main sense until 18c. The old sense tends to emerge in Latin form apologia (first attested in English 1784), especially since J.H. Newman's "Apologia pro Vita Sua" (1864).

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