Definition of "apology" [a•pol•o•gy]

  • (noun) An acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense.
  • (noun) A formal justification or defense.
  • (noun) An explanation or excuse: "The consequence of those measures will be the best apology for my conduct” ( Daniel Defoe).
  • (noun) An inferior substitute: The sagging cot was a poor apology for a bed.

Use "apology" in a sentence

  • "[602] It was anything but an apology, unless _apology_ is used in its old meaning of _defence_."
  • "There are now powerful incentives on both sides to repair their relations, although the word apology still remains a major obstacle."
  • "Perhaps the Conservatives could issue a portmanteau apology for any other unscrupulous rightwing notions they may have nursed while Labour were lucky enough to be in charge?"

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