One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who offers an argument in defence of something controversial.‘an enthusiastic apologist for fascism in the 1920s’
defender, supporter, upholder, advocate, proponent, exponent, propagandist, apostle, champion, backer, promoter, campaigner, spokesman, spokeswoman, spokesperson, speaker, arguer, enthusiastView synonyms
- ‘The Soviet Union's ideology had many adherents and apologists throughout the West.’
- ‘Obviously there have been, and will be, apologists who want to defend or explain away the embarrassing elements.’
- ‘Those are my passions and, not infrequently, their proponents and apologists will be my targets.’
- ‘Religious apologists have tended to argue from authority to justify their beliefs, often quoting from texts such as the Bible.’
- ‘I'm suggesting simply that they make their presence felt in ways that draw the distinction between themselves and the apologists.’
- ‘Her alibi, offered by her apologists, is that she was starved of affection - a euphemism for sex.’
- ‘Nor do the apologists for this failure carry conviction.’
- ‘Studies in English were produced either by apologists, sensationalists or conspiracy theorists.’
- ‘The apologists have argued that drugs were not involved in his death.’
- ‘But it was the nature of the attacks from the political party, its apologists and some journalists that interested me most.’
- ‘But isn't an apologist for racism who uses racist arguments a racist?’
- ‘Only those such as government spokesmen and official apologists for the war would deny this.’
- ‘My job here is not to be an apologist, but technology can't always save us from significant changes in human nature.’
- ‘The only kinds of writers excluded were supporters and apologists of totalitarianism.’
- ‘There is, of course, no need to imagine people who would make such claims: they were Nazis and their apologists.’
- ‘I do not intend to get into an argument with an apologist for mass murder such as yourself.’
- ‘To make a proper argument or ‘apology’ for Christianity, the apologist must speak in the same language as his hearer.’
Mid 17th century: from French apologiste, from Greek apologizesthai ‘give an account’ (see apologize).
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