NounApology (plural apologies)
- An expression of remorse or regret for having said or done something that harmed another: an instance of apologizing (saying that one is sorry).
- A formal justification, defence.
Adjectives for Apology
practical; humble; voluble; metrical; nervous; groveling; abject; handsome; awkward; universal; hasty; muttered; cynical; preposterous; skillful; suitable; sufficient; sincere; rapturous; profound; exaggerated; strongly-worded; pathetic; pitiful; tearful; murmured; mumbled; incoherent; obscure; sheepish; mute; half-hearted; amazed; mental; public; automatic.
Verbs for Apology
acknowledge—; attack—; attempt—; convey—, elicit—; express—; favor with—; indulge in—; plead for—; refuse—; shame into—; stammer—; tender—;trouble with—; wave aside—; —alters; — atones; —excuses; —vindicates.
Adverbs for Apology
meekly; pitifully; gruffly; profusely; humbly; volubly; nervously; abjectly; grovelingly; awkwardly; cynically; exaggeratedly; suitably; skillfully; pathetically; tearfully; incoherently; sheepishly; half-heartedly; automatically.
Synonyms for Apology
- (formal justification): apologia
- excuse, supplication, plea, defense, justification, evasion, acknowledgment, confession, pretext.
Antonyms for Apology
repentance; repining; rhubarb; saeta; satisfaction; screen; semblance; set-to; sham; shame; shamefacedness; shamefastness; shamefulness; show; smoke screen; sorriness; sorrow; stalking-horse; stratagem; subterfuge; support; trick; varnish; veil; verbal engagement; war of words; wearing a hairshirt; wistfulness; wrangling; abject apology; acknowledgment; admission; advocating; advocation; alibi; amends; apologetic; apologetics; apologia; apologies; argument; argumentation; atonement; attrition; ayenbite of inwit; bicker; bickering; bitterness; blind; breast-beating; casuistry; championing; change of heart; cloak; color; concession; confession; contention; contriteness; contrition; controversy; cover; cover story; cover-up; deathbed repentance; defense; device; disputation; dispute; espousal; excuse; extenuation; facade; feint; flyting; front; gloss; grief; guise; handle; hassle; heartfelt apology; hubbub; justification; lame excuse; litigation; locus standi; logomachy; mask; mea culpa; ostensible motive; palliation; paper war; passage of arms; penance; penitence; polemic; polemics; poor excuse; pretense; pretension; pretext; protestation; public motive; put-off; redress; reformation; refuge; regret; regretfulness; regrets; regretting; remorse; remorse of conscience; remorsefulness; reparation;
From Late Latin apologia < Ancient Greek ἀπολογία (apologia, “a speech in defense”) < ἀπολογοῦμαι (apologoumai, “I speak in one's defense”) < ἀπόλογος (apologos, “an account, story”) < ἀπό (apo, “from, off”) (see apo-) + λόγος (logos, “speech”).
- apologie (archaic)