apology definition

  • noun:
    • An acknowledgment revealing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense.
    • an official reason or defense.
    • A Conclusion or excuse: "The consequence of those measures will be the most readily useful apology for my conduct” ( Daniel Defoe).
    • a substandard replacement: The sagging cot was an unhealthy apology for a bed.
    • An expression of remorse or regret for having said or done a thing that harmed another: an instance of apologizing (stating that one is sorry).
    • an official justification, defence.
    • Something said or printed in protection or reason of what appears to others wrong, or of just what can be prone to disapprobation; reason.
    • An acknowledgment meant as an atonement for many incorrect or harmful comment or work; an admission to some other of a wrong or discourtesy done him, accompanied by a manifestation of regret.
    • Everything offered as a replacement; a makeshift.
    • anything stated or written in defense, vindication, or excuse; especially, a defense or reason of a doctrine, system, course of conduct, etc., against objections or criticisms.
    • a reason, generally associated with a manifestation of regret, for some fault.
    • That which imperfectly acts a given purpose; a short-term alternative; a makeshift.
    • An apologue.
    • Synonyms
    • a poor instance
    • an expression of regret at having triggered trouble for some body
    • an official written security of one thing you genuinely believe in strongly
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to provide an apology.

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