Definition of apologist noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈpɒlədʒɪst//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈpɑːlədʒɪst//
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apologist (for somebody/something) a person who tries to explain and defend something, especially a political system or religious ideas apologists for nuclear power He became known as the chief apologist hardline government policies. He is sometimes seen as a mere Catholic apologist, rather than a serious philosopher. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French apologiste, from Greek apologizesthai ‘give an account’, from apologos ‘story’.
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