Definition of apologetic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˌpɒləˈdʒetɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//əˌpɑːləˈdʒetɪk//
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feeling or showing that you are sorry for doing something wrong or for causing a problem ‘Sorry,’ she said, with an apologetic smile. apologetic about/for something They were very apologetic about the trouble they'd caused. Word Originlate 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, from apo ‘away’+ -logia (see -ology). The current sense dates from the mid 19th cent.Extra examples He was profusely apologetic about the mistake. I hope she was suitably apologetic afterwards. Leroy sounded almost apologetic. She was apologetic for taking so long. They were very apologetic about the trouble they’d caused.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: apologetic