1. The pleading off from a charge or
imputation, whether expressed, implied, or only conceived as possible;
defence of a person, or vindication of an institution, etc., from accusation
) Apologie of Syr Thomas More, Knyght; made
by him, after he had geuen ouer the Office of Lord Chancellor of
) An Apologie or Defence of our Dayes.
. v. (1662) 56
Now they shall both by Apology be maintained just.
(1759) I. iv. 165
And before the same great Court of Areopagites Paul made his Apology.
) An Apology for the Bible.
J. H. NEWMAN
Apologies for various of the great doctrines of the faith.
2. Less formally: Justification, explanation,
or excuse, of an incident or course of action.
i. 142 His enter
strangling a Snake; and I will haue an Apologie for that purpose.
Voy. round World
The consequence of those measures will be the best apology for my
58, I make
no apology to the readers for the subjoined extract.
. vi. 385
To furnish an apology for his close confinement, a story was got up of
an attempt to escape.
3. An explanation offered to a person affected
by one's action that no offence was intended, coupled with the expression of
regret for any that may have been given; or, a frank acknowledgement of the
offence with expression of regret for it, by way of reparation.
. vii. 104
My Lord, there needes no such Apologie.
854 In her face excuse Came Prologue, and Apologie to
Pref. 14, I have
in this Edition removed one Subject of Apology.
iv. 21 If you are
forced to desire further information..do it with proper apologies for
the trouble you give.
Jar of Honey
After many apologies for the liberty he was taking.
4. Something which, as it were, merely appears
to apologize for the absence of what ought to have been there; a poor
No. 25 Waistcoats edged with
a narrow cord, which serves as an apology for lace.
(1879) I. 1,
Gibbon, the historian, was said to have had no nose at all, only an
apology for one.
120 To swallow a
hasty apology for a dinner.