Know why cattywampus was trending last week?


[uh-pol-uh-jist] /əˈpɒl ə dʒɪst/
a person who makes a defense in speech or writing of a belief, idea, etc.
  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 of apologist
1630-40; apolog(y) + -ist or < French apologiste Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for apologists
  • 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.
  • 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


a person who offers a defence by argument
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for apologists



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for apologist

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for apologists

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with apologists