Definition of apologia in English:



  • A formal written defence of one's opinions or conduct.

    ‘an apologia for book-banning’
    • ‘This is not to excuse or condone the excesses of his regime, nor is it an apologia.’
    • ‘If all this sounds like an extended apologia for the Catholic Church, I suppose it is.’
    • ‘Too many reviewers, Morris felt, had interpreted the book as an apologia.’
    • ‘Although I have no evidence that its scholarship is anything but solid, the possibility exists that the site might represent, or at the very least be seen to represent, an apologia for the crimes of the Nazi Regime in Germany.’
    • ‘The election addresses of the candidates contain the familiar apologia.’
    • ‘It may seem like I write only an apologia for the action we took, to support that publicly damned legislation.’
    • ‘And the list of generic influences - the apologia, the memoir, the road story, the nouveau roman - extends on and on.’
    • ‘Morrison said that he ‘did not want to write an apologia for the IRA’ or to ‘mythologise’ them.’
    • ‘Brownley perceives this ‘chasm’ as so great that the first two chapters serve as a theoretical apologia for even discussing the state.’
    • ‘An apologia, even when desperately, heartbreakingly wrong, is a sort of bridge between evil and good, an acknowledgement that there is something here that needs explaining.’
    • ‘De Profundis was the closest Oscar Wilde ever came to a queer apologia and defense, written as a letter from Reading Gaol over a three-month period in 1897.’
    • ‘Is this a stock article or an apologia for minor celebs recently in trouble with the law?’
    • ‘By now, many readers will have been turned off - and perhaps be confused - by the cascade of apologias and recriminations which have come from the participants in the still ongoing ‘blame game’.’
    • ‘It doesn't seem to occur to her that the real reason is because of her disgusting apologias for mass murder.’
    • ‘I often gravitate back to the Narnia books or Lewis's brilliant retelling of the Cupid & Psyche myth, Till We Have Faces, but this time, I've headed for the essays / apologias instead.’
    • ‘Or maybe it's his special gift for issuing halfhearted and self-serving mea culpas, an apologia disguised as an apology.’
    • ‘The letter appears to serve as an apologia for Plato's involvement in events in Sicily.’
    • ‘In response, the artist published an extraordinary apologia in a local cultural weekly.’
    defence, justification, vindication, explanation, apology
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Late 18th century: from Latin (see apology).