Apologia



an apology, as in defense or justification of a belief, idea, etc.
Literature. a work written as an explanation or justification of one’s motives, convictions, or acts.
Contemporary Examples

Nor is his often-riveting new memoir an exercise in nostalgia, apologia, or retread rhetoric.
The Accidental Radical John Douglas Marshall April 26, 2009

Submit to his apologia for Murmelstein, or chalk this up to a case of a filmmaker courting controversy?
Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’ Jimmy So February 6, 2014

The present system too readily transforms the rule of law into an apologia for arbitrary presidential power.
The Lawless Presidency Bruce Ackerman June 28, 2011

Their reaction seemed almost instinctive—and it echoed the GOP apologia for Romney.
Does Barack Obama Need a Friend Like Bill Clinton? Robert Shrum June 10, 2012

Newsflash for the sentimental leftists polluting my Twitter timeline with Chavez apologia: state socialism doesn’t work.
How Did Chavez’s Socialism Treat Venezuela? David Frum March 5, 2013

Historical Examples

They are at least much more brief than the apologia which precedes them.
More Portmanteau Plays Stuart Walker

With Shakespeare there is no Wagnerian, Euripidean “apologia.”
Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys

The first sentence was a brief self-accusation, what followed was the defense—a sinner’s apologia pro vita sua.
The Tysons May Sinclair

Newman had put these difficulties so powerfully in the apologia.
The Life of Mrs. Humphry Ward Janet Penrose Trevelyan

Did Browning mean this poem to be an apologia for illegal love?
The Brownings Lilian Whiting

noun
a formal written defence of a cause or one’s beliefs or conduct
n.

see apology.

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  • Apologia pro vita sua

    a religious autobiography (1864) of Cardinal John Henry Newman. Historical Examples The first sentence was a brief self-accusation, what followed was the defense—a sinner’s Apologia pro Vita Sua. The Tysons May Sinclair I was just going to say, when that foolish story interrupted me, that Cardinal Newman wrote a book called “Apologia pro Vita Sua.” […]

  • Apologies

    a written or spoken expression of one’s regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another: He demanded an apology from me for calling him a crook. a defense, excuse, or justification in speech or writing, as for a cause or doctrine. (initial capital letter, italics) a dialogue by Plato, centering on […]



  • Apology

    a written or spoken expression of one’s regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another: He demanded an apology from me for calling him a crook. a defense, excuse, or justification in speech or writing, as for a cause or doctrine. (initial capital letter, italics) a dialogue by Plato, centering on […]

  • Apologise

    to offer an or excuse for some fault, insult, failure, or injury: He apologized for accusing her falsely. to make a formal defense in speech or writing. Contemporary Examples I didn’t mean to convey any discourtesy and I apologise if I did. Ryanair Boss Apologises For Queen Sex Joke Tom Sykes March 31, 2014 Do […]



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