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

  • n. A person who argues in defense or justification of something, such as a doctrine, policy, or institution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who makes an apology.
  • n. One who speaks or writes in defense of a faith, a cause, or an institution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who makes an apology; one who speaks or writes in defense of a faith, a cause, or an institution; especially, one who argues in defense of Christianity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who speaks or writes in defense of anything; one who champions a person or a cause, whether in public address or by literary means; one who makes an apology or defense.
  • n. Specifically Eccles., a defender of Christianity; in particular, one of the authors of the early Christian apologies.

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

  • n. a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution


apology +‎ -ist. From French apologiste. (Wiktionary)



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