apology

An apology is what you say or do when you want to let someone know (or fool them into thinking) that you regret something. An apology is nice, but chocolates or large bundles of cash are nicer. Always.

The noun apology has its roots in the Greek apologos, meaning a story. It entered the English language in the Middle Ages. If you broke your friend’s sword and then made up an elaborate story to get out of trouble, that was an apology. After a few decades, the general sense of the word shifted to its current meaning — what you say when you want to express real remorse.

Primary Meanings of apology

1.
n
an expression of regret at having caused trouble for someone
2.
n
a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly
3.
n
a poor example
Full Definitions of apology
1

n an expression of regret at having caused trouble for someone

“he wrote a letter of apology to the hostess”
Type of:
acknowledgement, acknowledgment
a statement acknowledging something or someone
2

n a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly

Synonyms:
apologia
Type of:
defence, defense, vindication
the justification for some act or belief
3

n a poor example

“it was an apology for a meal”
Synonyms:
excuse
Type of:
example, illustration, instance, representative
an item of information that is typical of a class or group

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