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apologetic

[uh-pol-uh-jet-ik] /əˌpɒl əˈdʒɛt ɪk/
adjective
1.
containing an apology or excuse for a fault, failure, insult, injury, etc.:
An apologetic letter to his creditors explained the delay.
2.
defending by speech or writing.
3.
willing or eager to apologize.
4.
sorry; regretful.
Also, apologetical.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English apologetik a formal defense (< Middle French) < Late Latin apologēticus written defense, defensive < Greek apologētikós fit for defense, equivalent to apologē- (variant stem of apologeîsthai to speak in defense; see apologia) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
apologetically, adverb
nonapologetic, adjective
nonapologetical, adjective
nonapologetically, adverb
pseudoapologetic, adjective
pseudoapologetically, adverb
quasi-apologetic, adjective
quasi-apologetically, adverb
unapologetic, adjective
unapologetically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for un apologetic

apologetic

/əˌpɒləˈdʒɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
expressing or anxious to make apology; contrite
2.
protecting or defending in speech or writing
Derived Forms
apologetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un apologetic
apologetic
1640s, "vindicatory," from Fr. apologétique, from L. apologeticus, from Gk. apologetikos "defensible," from apologeisthai (see apology). Meaning "regrefully acknowledging failure" is from 1855. Related: Apologetics (c.1753).
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