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Definition of apology:

  1. Something said or written in justification or extenuation, as a thing which may be, or may seem, called for.

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This graph shows how "apology" have occurred between 1800 and 2008 in a corpus of English books.

Examples of usage for apology:

  1. All these words express one's answer to a charge of wrong or error that is or might be made. Apology has undergone a remarkable change from its old sense of a valiant defense&# 8212; as in Justin Martyr's Apologies for the Christian faith&# 8212; to its present meaning of humble confession and concession. He who offers an apology admits himself, at least technically and seemingly, in the wrong. An apology is for what one has done or left undone; an excuse may be for what one proposes to do or leave undone as well; as, one sends beforehand his excuse for not accepting an invitation; if he should fail either to be present or to excuse himself, an apology would be in order. An excuse for a fault is an attempt at partial justification; as, one alleges haste as an excuse for carelessness. Confession is a full acknowledgment of wrong, generally of a grave wrong, with or without apology or excuse. Plea ranges in sense from a prayer for favor or pardon to an attempt at full vindication. Defense, exculpation, justification, and vindication are more properly antonyms than synonyms of apology in its modern sense, and should be so given, but for their connection with its historic usage. Compare CONFESS; DEFENSE.
  2. The other in a low voice made some apology or explanation which I failed to catch. "Afoot in England" , W.H. Hudson.
  3. I was making a sort of apology, old chap, for my habit of mind." "The Rough Road" , William John Locke.

Quotes for apology:

  1. An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books. - Samuel Butler
  2. A hero is someone we can admire without apology. - Kitty Kelley
  3. I got bad calls every match, and I never got an apology. So I thought it was rather strange. - Ivan Lendl
  4. Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don't go well. - Jim Rohn
  5. First off, I'm not a scientist, and I make no apology for that. - Christopher Shays

Idioms for apology:

  1. be an apology for sth
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