The Apollo Belvedere, a celebrated statue of Apollo in the Belvedere gallery of the Vatican palace at Rome, esteemed of the noblest representations of the human frame.

(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 letter.

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.

(A*pol"lo) n. [L. Apollo, - linis, Gr. .] (Classic Myth.) A deity among the Greeks and Romans. He was the god of light and day of archery, prophecy, medicine, poetry, and music, etc., and was represented as the model of manly grace and beauty; — called also Phébus.

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