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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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  • Until there is any true reform in the church you apologists need to keep quiet.
  • Other regressive regimes also found such censors and other apologists--and willing agents--of secrecy and repression.
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  • Nothing scientific or environmentally responsible about either pure apologists for the failed nuclear industry.
  • Contrary to an argument nuclear apologists have recently taken to making, nuclear power isn't a good way to curb climate change.
  • They are outright traitors themselves or apologists for treasonous behavior.
  • Her acolytes and apologists aren't going to evaluate or criticize anything she says.
  • Those are the only arguments being made here by the trial apologists.
  • apologists for crooked politicians, nit picking little words and throwing smoke on what they mean.
  • apologists argue that a new generation of officers is coming up through the ranks.
British Dictionary definitions for apologists

apologist

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

apologist

n.

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

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