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1Expressing or showing regretful acknowledgement of an offence or failure.‘she was very apologetic about the whole incident’‘an apologetic smile’
regretful, full of regret, sorry, contrite, remorseful, penitent, repentant, rueful, deprecatory, self-reproachfulconscience-stricken, red-faced, shamefaced, sheepish, hangdog, ashamed, in sackcloth and ashescompunctiousView synonyms
- ‘He is apologetic for his inability to produce snappy soundbites to sum up these feelings, but I'm glad: this is a heartfelt, uncontainable outburst.’
- ‘For all the permutations that produced, the music seemed slightly apologetic.’
- ‘The letter is written in an apologetic tone, apparently because the return of the books is overdue.’
- ‘The shrug is hardly perceptible, the smile almost apologetic.’
- ‘‘As much as I would love to, I have already made plans, sorry,’ I said, giving him an apologetic smile.’
- ‘She shoots me and my wife an apologetic look before smiling at the kids and closing the door.’
- ‘He gave her a smile that was almost apologetic, then he shrugged.’
- ‘Diana huffed and I gave her an apologetic smile.’
- ‘Liz's face altered from smiling and cheerful to regretful and apologetic.’
- ‘I also took this approach because I was not apologetic about my creative product.’
- ‘We are not apologetic about her choice.’
- ‘Her somewhat apologetic stance is overridden by her clear sense of feeling justified in what she is doing.’
- ‘An apologetic commuter-rail crew.’
- ‘When Skye glared at him, he tried an apologetic smile.’
- ‘"Don't be apologetic, Trunk."’
- ‘Defending, the lawyer said his client was apologetic and very much regretted the incident.’
- ‘Trying his best to be polite without having too say too much, Phillip pushed his way through the crowd, giving apologetic smiles to indignant ladies being pushed.’
- ‘The typist smiles to himself as the story returns like an apologetic lover, penitent, regretful and contrite.’
- ‘Richard didn't look apologetic in the least. - Why are you so formal?’
- ‘He's immediately apologetic.’
2Constituting a formal defence or justification of a theory or doctrine.‘the apologetic proposition that production for profit is the same thing as production for need’
- ‘Perhaps the most distasteful element of Romance is its attempt to justify its sexual explicitness with these vaguely apologetic ruminations on the mind/body split.’
- ‘That is the apologetic sermon considering the situation of various religions.’
- ‘The apologetic justification of church division has in many cases been a source of heated confessional intolerance.’
- ‘There are not several types of sermons, for example, expository, historical, doctrinal, moral, apologetic, and topical.’
- ‘He proposed that the apologetic task is to show a person how their worldview contradicts their own common sense data, and how that data really fits within a Christian worldview.’
- ‘In this essay, I wish to make a case for the proper order of discussion topics in the apologetic argument.’
Late Middle English (as a noun denoting a formal justification): from French apologétique or late Latin apologeticus, from Greek apologētikos, from apologeisthei speak in one's own defence, from apologia (see apology). The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.
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