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[uh-pol-uh-jet-ik] /əˌpɒl əˈdʒɛt ɪk/
containing an apology or excuse for a fault, failure, insult, injury, etc.:
An apologetic letter to his creditors explained the delay.
defending by speech or writing.
willing or eager to apologize.
sorry; regretful.
Also, apologetical.
Origin of apologetic
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unapologetic
  • Belle is a happy hooker smart, confident of her skills and unapologetic about her profession.
  • Also, for the first time he began to look nearly unapologetic as he insisted he would make no apology for being successful.
  • Although the tone of the blurbs is defiantly unapologetic, the names of the abridgers are mysteriously absent.
  • So while the media continue to show their unapologetic bias more and more people will rely on them less and less.
  • Sometimes an unapologetic directive is more appropriate than participatory discussion.
  • He was unabashedly unapologetic for our country's success.
  • We have learned to be unapologetic in demanding a bottom-line focus on results, both from our licensees and from ourselves.
  • Chewy caramel tempered with some unapologetic alcohol burn.
  • After two years of tough votes, the unapologetic progressive must convince voters that he deserves re-election.
  • She came off as unapologetic and defiant, apologizing only belatedly for each infraction.
British Dictionary definitions for unapologetic


expressing or anxious to make apology; contrite
protecting or defending in speech or writing
Derived Forms
apologetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unapologetic

1834, from un- (1) "not" + apologetic. Related: Unapologetically.



1640s, "vindicatory," from French apologétique, from Latin apologeticus, from Greek apologetikos "defensible," from apologeisthai (see apology). Meaning "regretfully acknowledging failure" is from 1855. As a noun, "formal defense," from early 15c. Related: Apologetics (c.1753).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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