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