Definition of apologist in US English:



  • A person who offers an argument in defense of something controversial.

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