One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural non-apology apologies, Plural non-apologies
A statement that takes the form of an apology but does not constitute an acknowledgement of responsibility or regret for what has caused offence or upset.‘he issued a non-apology hinting that the reader was at fault’‘what we have here is a variant on the classic non-apology: sorry if we upset you’‘he responded with a non-apology apology, tweeting “sorry I didn't bow down to you”’
- ‘The company's non-apology statement added more insult to injury.’
- ‘Politicians and religious leaders are known for their non-apology apologies.’
- ‘The president's apologizing was of the non-apology sort.’
- ‘This was like one of those classic nonapology apologies: "I'm sorry if you didn't understand what I was saying."’
- ‘He did an interview with a UK blog, where he further expanded on his non-apology.’
- ‘He issued a full statement, basically echoing the same sentiments of his non-apology tweets.’
- ‘A variation on this non-apology theme is "If I hurt you, I'm sorry."’
- ‘Avoid the 'I'm sorry you feel that way' type of non-apology, which infuriates people.’
- ‘Weak non-apology apologies are worse than the offending tweets themselves.’
- ‘The organization issued a patronizing and insulting non-apology and have done nothing to discipline the stupid bigot.’
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