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

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To apologists
Collins
World English Dictionary
apologist (əˈpɒlədʒɪst)
 
n
a person who offers a defence by argument

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

apologist
1630s, from Fr. apologiste, from Gk. apologia "defense" (see apology).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
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.
The author took an interesting subject and turned it to an apologists' view of
  government intervention.
Nothing scientific or environmentally responsible about either pure apologists
  for the failed nuclear industry.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature