Apology

Definition of Apology

A`pol´o`gy
n.1.Something said or written in defense or justification of what appears to others wrong, or of what may be liable to disapprobation; justification; as, Tertullian's Apology for Christianity.
It is not my intention to make an apology for my poem; some will think it needs no excuse, and others will receive none.
- Dryden.
2.An acknowledgment intended as an atonement for some improper or injurious remark or act; an admission to another of a wrong or discourtesy done him, accompanied by an expression of regret.
3.Anything provided as a substitute; a makeshift.
He goes to work devising apologies for window curtains.
- Dickens.
v. i.1.To offer an apology.
For which he can not well apology.
- J. Webster.

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