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apologist

[uh-pol-uh-jist] /əˈpɒl ə dʒɪst/
noun
1.
a person who makes a defense in speech or writing of a belief, idea, etc.
2.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. Also, apologete
    [uh-pol-uh-jeet] /əˈpɒl əˌdʒit/ (Show IPA)
    . a person skilled in apologetics.
  2. one of the authors of the early Christian apologies in defense of the faith.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; apolog(y) + -ist or < French apologiste
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British Dictionary definitions for apologist

apologist

/əˈpɒlədʒɪst/
noun
1.
a person who offers a defence by argument
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Word Origin and History for apologist
n.

1630s, from French apologiste, from apologie (see apology).

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