Apologetic



containing an or excuse for a fault, failure, insult, injury, etc.:
An apologetic letter to his creditors explained the delay.
defending by speech or writing.
willing or eager to .
sorry; regretful.
Contemporary Examples

Cramer was almost incoherent by this point, cringing and apologetic.
How Jon Stewart Went Bad Tucker Carlson March 17, 2009

Once the noise had stopped, he would mumble a few words and flash a shy, apologetic grin.
The Hipster Thief Nick Antosca September 18, 2009

apologetic rogue is a role more familiar to husbands (like Rupert Sanders) who want to stay out of court.
Kristen Stewart, Katie Holmes, and the Summer of Break-Up Porn Tracy Quan August 12, 2012

It was a message rejected as too plaintive and apologetic by the black America of 1950.
Up from History, Part 5 David Frum February 3, 2013

But for a full day, there was nothing but apologetic reassurances over the loudspeaker.
We Survived the Triumph: Passengers Describe Their Doomed Carnival Cruise Winston Ross, Eliza Shapiro, Sam Register February 15, 2013

Historical Examples

“The lady without it, at present,” I said, with an apologetic smile for my rather grim jest.
The Gold Bag Carolyn Wells

He was apologetic, and even cringing, until they turned on Lilia.
Where Angels Fear to Tread E. M. Forster

Candace could do nothing but look as apologetic as she felt.
A Little Country Girl Susan Coolidge

The Chevalier shot me an apologetic glance across the board.
The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini

“Halt a moment,” said the invalid, in a weak voice and with an apologetic smile.
Blue Lights R.M. Ballantyne

adjective
expressing or anxious to make apology; contrite
protecting or defending in speech or writing
adj.

1640s, “vindicatory,” from French apologétique, from Latin apologeticus, from Greek apologetikos “defensible,” from apologeisthai (see apology). Meaning “regretfully acknowledging failure” is from 1855. As a noun, “formal defense,” from early 15c. Related: Apologetics (c.1753).

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