(Ap`ol*lo"ni*an Ap`ol*lon"ic) a. Of, pertaining to, or resembling, Apollo.
(A*pol"ly*on) n. [Gr. destroying, fr. to destroy utterly; from, entirely + to destroy.] The Destroyer;
a name used (Rev. ix. 11) for the angel of the bottomless pit, answering to the Hebrew Abaddon.
(A*pol"o*ger) n. A teller of apologues. [Obs.]
(A*pol`o*get"ic A*pol`o*get"ic*al) a. [Gr. fr. to speak in defense of; from + speech, to say, to
speak. See Logic.] Defending by words or arguments; said or written in defense, or by way of apology; regretfully
excusing; as, an apologetic essay. "To speak in a subdued and apologetic tone." Macaulay.
(A*pol`o*get"ic*al*ly), adv. By way of apology.
(A*pol`o*get"ics) n. That branch of theology which defends the Holy Scriptures, and sets
forth the evidence of their divine authority.
(A*pol"o*gist) n. [Cf. F. apologiste.] One who makes an apology; one who speaks or writes
in defense of a faith, a cause, or an institution; especially, one who argues in defense of Christianity.
(A*pol"o*gize) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Apologized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Apologizing.] [Cf. F. apologiser.]
1. To make an apology or defense. Dr. H. More.
2. To make an apology or excuse; to make acknowledgment of some fault or offense, with expression
of regret for it, by way of amends; with for; as, my correspondent apologized for not answering my
To apologize for his insolent language.
(A*pol"o*gize), v. t. To defend. [Obs.]
The Christians . . . were apologized by Plinie.
Dr. G. Benson.
(A*pol"o*gi`zer) n. One who makes an apology; an apologist.
(Ap"o*logue) n. [L. apologous, Gr. from + speech, to speak: cf. F. apologue.] A story or
relation of fictitious events, intended to convey some moral truth; a moral fable.
An apologue differs from a parable in this;: the parable is drawn from events which take place among
mankind, and therefore requires probability in the narrative; the apologue is founded on supposed actions
of brutes or inanimate things, and therefore is not limited by strict rules of probability. Æsop's fables are
good examples of apologues.
(A*pol"o*gy) n.; pl. Apologies. [L. apologia, Gr. from + : cf. F. apologie. See Apologetic.]
1. Something said or written in defense or justification of what appears to others wrong, or of what may
be liable to disapprobation; justification; as, Tertullian's Apology for Christianity.
It is not my intention to make an apology for my poem; some will think it needs no excuse, and others
will receive none.