- IPA: /əˈpɒl.ə.dʒi/
apology (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).
- What he said really hurt my feelings, but his apology sounded so sincere that I couldn't help but forgive him.
- The CEO made a public apology for the scandal, and promised full cooperation with the authorities.
- A formal justification, defence.
- The Apology of Socrates.
- Synonyms: apologia
- Anything provided as a substitute; a makeshift.
- a poor apology for a hotel room
- 1852 March – 1853 September, Charles Dickens, chapter 20, in Bleak House, London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1853, OCLC 999756093 ↗:
- [He] goes to work devising apologies for window curtains.
- French: excuse
- German: Entschuldigung
- Italian: apologia, scuse
- Low German: Entschülligunge (Paderbornisch)
- Portuguese: desculpa
- Russian: извине́ние
- Spanish: disculpa
- French: apologie
- German: Apologie
- Italian: apologia
- Portuguese: apologia
- Russian: оправда́ние
- Spanish: disculpa, excusa