Definition of apologia in English:



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

    ‘an apologia for book-banning’
    • ‘Morrison said that he ‘did not want to write an apologia for the IRA’ or to ‘mythologise’ them.’
    • ‘In response, the artist published an extraordinary apologia in a local cultural weekly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And the list of generic influences - the apologia, the memoir, the road story, the nouveau roman - extends on and on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Too many reviewers, Morris felt, had interpreted the book as an apologia.’
    • ‘It doesn't seem to occur to her that the real reason is because of her disgusting apologias for mass murder.’
    • ‘If all this sounds like an extended apologia for the Catholic Church, I suppose it is.’
    • ‘Is this a stock article or an apologia for minor celebs recently in trouble with the law?’
    • ‘It may seem like I write only an apologia for the action we took, to support that publicly damned legislation.’
    • ‘This is not to excuse or condone the excesses of his regime, nor is it an apologia.’
    • ‘The letter appears to serve as an apologia for Plato's involvement in events in Sicily.’
    • ‘Or maybe it's his special gift for issuing halfhearted and self-serving mea culpas, an apologia disguised as an apology.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brownley perceives this ‘chasm’ as so great that the first two chapters serve as a theoretical apologia for even discussing the state.’
    defence, justification, vindication, explanation, apology
    argument, case
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Late 18th century: from Latin (see apology).