Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A formal defense or justification. See Synonyms at apology.

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  • n. A written defense of a position or belief.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly

Etymologies

Latin, apology; see apology.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • How this can be twisted in apologia for McCarthy is beyond me.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Taking the Washington Post to School

  • The second apologia is that the Lib Dem leadership concluded before the election that their policy on tuition fees was unsustainable.

    Wake up and smell the burning rubber, Mr Cable and Mr Clegg

  • Another death-row apologia from the convicted cop killer and self-proclaimed political prisoner, philosopher, and poet.

    Rote From Underground

  • (There is one striking exception: his Apology, which purports to be the speech that Socrates gave in his defense ” the Greek word apologia means “defense” ” when, in 399, he was legally charged and convicted of the crime of impiety.

    Plato

  • When the Village Voice suggested in 1982 that Mr. Kosinski might not have been the sole author of all of his novels, The Times responded with an unprecedented 6,500-word apologia for Mr. Kosinski, which started across the top of the front page of the Arts and Leisure section.

    A.M. Rosenthal, 1922-2006

  • Valatan's Ray Lankford apologia, which is always a plus.

    Viva El Birdos

  • On the jump, I explore (but do not claim to make a definitive statement on) the idea that the Civil War (as a war, not as a conflict that could escalate to war) was caused not by slavery, not by federalism or any of the "neo-Confederate" bullshit that Rosenberg calls apologia, but by a simple problem - the weakness of the rule of law.

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  • Terror Famine as a "lie" and a "slander"; the following year he published a 16,000-word apologia for Stalin's mass murders.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • Some responded to my article by calling it an "apologia" for President Obama's first two years in office.

    Clarence B. Jones: Buck Up and Stop Whining

  • Unfortunately, New Criticism has apparently come to be seen as an all-purpose kind of apologia for complexity of all kinds, a convenient whipping-boy in circumstances in which "complexity" is seen by some as an excuse for evading obvious moral distinctions.

    The Biographical Fallacy

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