AskDefine | Define apology

Dictionary Definition



1 an expression of regret at having caused trouble for someone; "he wrote a letter of apology to the hostess"
2 a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly [syn: apologia]
3 a poor example; "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile" [syn: excuse]

User Contributed Dictionary





Defense, justification, from Late Latin apologia, from Greek apologia a speech in defense, from apologeisthai to speak in one's defense, from apologos an account, story, from apo- from, off (see apo-) + logos speech.


  1. What you say when you regret saying or doing something affecting others.
  2. A formal justification, defence.


What you say when you regret saying or doing something affecting others
A formal justification, defence

Extensive Definition

An apology is a justification or defense of an act or idea, from the Greek apologia (απολογία). An apology can also be an expression of contrition and remorse for something done wrong.
Apology can refer to:

In literature

In music

Apology can also refer to:
apology in German: Apologie
apology in Spanish: Apología
apology in Esperanto: Apologio
apology in French: Apologie
apology in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Apologia
apology in Italian: Apologia
apology in Hebrew: התנצלות
apology in Dutch: Apologie
apology in Norwegian: Apologia
apology in Polish: Apologia
apology in Portuguese: Apologia
apology in Serbian: Апологија
apology in Finnish: Apologia
apology in Ukrainian: Апологія

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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