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Wednesday, April 04, 2001

apologia

\ap-uh-LOH-jee-uh; -juh\ , noun;
1.
A formal defense or justification, especially of one's opinions, position, or actions.
Quotes:
Mr. Arbatov is well aware that he was perceived in this country as a spokesman at best and toady at worst for the regime. And he clearly wants this book to serve as his apologia.
-- Bernard Gwertzman, "When Soviet Bureaucrats Were the Last to Know", New York Times, August 20, 1992
I should hasten to add that this volume is neither a dreary academic summary nor a tedious apologia by a politician who has just left office.
-- Jack F. Matlock Jr., "Chinese Checkers", New York Times, September 13, 1998
John F. Lehman Jr. has written a lively and provocative apologia, in the classic sense of the word, to defend and justify his stewardship as Secretary of the Navy from 1981 to 1987.
-- Richard Halloran, "Floating a Few Proposals", New York Times, February 19, 1989
The work is "a classic apologia, an aggressive defense of Roth's moral stance as an author," Harold Bloom said in The Book Review last year.
-- Patricia T. O'Conner, New York Times, September 14, 1986
Origin:
Apologia is from the Greek word meaning "a spoken or written defense," from apologos, "a story," from apo- + logos, "speech."
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