apologist

apologist

[uh-pol-uh-jist]
noun
1.
a person who makes a defense in speech or writing of a belief, idea, etc.
2.
Ecclesiastical.
a.
Also, apologete [uh-pol-uh-jeet] . a person skilled in apologetics.
b.
one of the authors of the early Christian apologies in defense of the faith.

Origin:
1630–40; apolog(y) + -ist or < French apologiste

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apologist (əˈpɒlədʒɪst)
 
n
a person who offers a defence by argument

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apologist
1630s, from Fr. apologiste, from Gk. apologia "defense" (see apology).
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