Apologist



a person who makes a defense in speech or writing of a belief, idea, etc.
Ecclesiastical.

Also, apologete
[uh-pol-uh-jeet] /əˈpɒl əˌdʒit/ (Show IPA). a person skilled in .
one of the authors of the early Christian in defense of the faith.

Contemporary Examples

Hardly an apologist for Vienna, Byron still found these tracts too extreme and in need of censoring.
Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy Michael Weiss February 15, 2014

In the last decade or so of his life, Lewis gave up being an apologist, feeling he had lost his knack.
The Odd Story of C.S. Lewis, an Extremely Odd Man A.N. Wilson March 9, 2013

I have been vilified by some on the Left for being an apologist for colonialism, racism, and genocide.
Once Again, the Anti-Defamation League Defames Jay Michaelson October 21, 2013

He has been cast as the standard-bearer for the economic oligarchs, the apologist for the top 1% of the top 1%.
David’s Book Club: Unintended Consequences David Frum July 2, 2012

A native of St. Louis, Burke is a practicing Catholic and member of Opus Dei—but by no means a Vatican apologist.
Greg Burke: The Pope’s New PR Guy Barbie Latza Nadeau June 23, 2012

Historical Examples

Gowrie appears to have visited Rome; the Ruthven apologist declares that he was there ‘in danger for his religion.’
James VI and the Gowrie Mystery Andrew Lang

September massacres then find, not their apologist, but their eulogist.
Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics William Thomas Thornton

So I will briefly try to act as apologist for the “brotherhood of the net,” myself included.
British Butterfiles W. S. Coleman

It is difficult to discover in it any grounds upon which an apologist may build.
The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini

Indeed I hardly knew poor Omar was so far gone till his apologist informed me.
The Sufistic Quatrains of Omar Khayyam Omar Khayyam

noun
a person who offers a defence by argument
n.

1630s, from French apologiste, from apologie (see apology).

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