- 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. (noun)
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