Adjective "apologetic" definition and examples

(Apologetic may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Expressing or showing regretful acknowledgement of an offence or failure.
  1. 'an apologetic smile'
  2. 'Liz's face altered from smiling and cheerful to regretful and apologetic.'
  3. 'He is apologetic for his inability to produce snappy soundbites to sum up these feelings, but I'm glad: this is a heartfelt, uncontainable outburst.'
  4. 'For all the permutations that produced, the music seemed slightly apologetic.'
  5. '‘As much as I would love to, I have already made plans, sorry,’ I said, giving him an apologetic smile.'
  6. 'I also took this approach because I was not apologetic about my creative product.'
  7. 'An apologetic commuter-rail crew.'
  8. 'The shrug is hardly perceptible, the smile almost apologetic.'
  9. 'Diana huffed and I gave her an apologetic smile.'
  10. 'The typist smiles to himself as the story returns like an apologetic lover, penitent, regretful and contrite.'
  11. 'Defending, the lawyer said his client was apologetic and very much regretted the incident.'
Constituting a formal defence or justification of a theory or doctrine.
  1. 'The apologetic justification of church division has in many cases been a source of heated confessional intolerance.'
  2. 'He proposed that the apologetic task is to show a person how their worldview contradicts their own common sense data, and how that data really fits within a Christian worldview.'
  3. 'That is the apologetic sermon considering the situation of various religions.'

More definitions

1. containing an apology or excuse for a fault, failure, insult, injury, etc.: An apologetic letter to his creditors explained the delay.

2. defending by speech or writing.

3. willing or eager to apologize.

4. sorry; regretful.

More examples(as adjective)

"sees can be apologetic for accidents."

"people can be apologetic to lees."

"people can be apologetic for hittings."

"people can be apologetic for actions."

"people can be apologetic at things."

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Late Middle English (as a noun denoting a formal justification): from French apologétique or late Latin apologeticus, from Greek apologētikos, from apologeisthei ‘speak in one's own defence’, from apologia (see apology). The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.