Definition of apologia in US English:



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

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