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apology

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
profuse apologies
▪ He made profuse apologies.
sincere apologies
▪ Please accept my sincere apologies.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
full
▪ The next stage in that process has been a Gracious Speech full of apologies.
▪ They're urging the editors to publish a full apology.
▪ There may well be all sorts of contributory factors which need stating but these ought to come after the full apology.
▪ When mistakes are made a full apology is often less damaging than a grudging admission that events have not gone as planned.
profuse
▪ The following day, Moira telephoned the Daily Telegraph with profuse apologies for the misunderstanding.
▪ Our profuse apologies go out to both gentlemen.
public
▪ A public apology defames the author of the article apologised for by suggesting that the author has written carelessly.
▪ The familiar Maxwell reach for a libel writ brought about an immediate public apology.
sincere
▪ Firstly, my sincere apologies for not having contacted you earlier about your proposal.
▪ To any readers who feel hard done by or annoyed please accept my sincere apologies.
written
▪ A written apology was received from a boy who had accidentally, while playing badminton, caused damage to a picture.
▪ Blackburn sent a written apology to the umpire in question and has since apologised personally to him.
■ VERB
accept
▪ And the woman, believed to be a pretty mum in her twenties, has accepted his apology.
▪ I want to say I do accept his apology.
▪ And I've accepted your apology.
▪ Again, please accept our apologies.
▪ Please accept our apologies if any event or occasion was overlooked.
▪ Please accept our apologies for taking so long to send the materials that you requested.
▪ Of course we accept his apologies with every grace.
demand
▪ The commander wrote to the editor, demanding an apology.
▪ In Iowa Friday, Forbes challenged the ad as untrue and demanded an apology from the Dole campaign.
give
▪ Should not the Minister give mineworkers an apology?
▪ I give my apologies for not being able to be present myself.
▪ I will try to simplify the argument - and give my apologies to those who think I have overdone it.
▪ She gave me her apologies earlier for being unable to be here for this stage of the debate.
issue
▪ On Monday, Stanford athletic director Ted Leland issued the written apology in response to numerous complaints about the performance.
make
▪ I make no apology for the title of this chapter because it was an expression which my cousins used very frequently.
▪ They get to the airport at the last minute and make no apologies.
▪ I make no real apology for such academicism but 1 will offer an explanation.
▪ Bertrand makes no apologies for using hefty incentives, such as the recruitment rebates, to line up new distributors.
▪ And last night he made no apologies for the controversial remarks in this week's edition of the magazine.
▪ Our subsequent telephone conversation was a study in plain language, but McFarlane held his ground and made no apologies.
offer
▪ Ryder wheeled into step with Hooper and offered him the apology.
▪ He had forgotten to tell the cook to save some food for us, but he did not offer an apology.
▪ Does he feel like offering a similar apology?
▪ Fern ndez offered no apologies or confession of errors.
▪ It was enough that he should have taken the trouble to visit her and offer his apologies.
▪ Next time you communicate with your friend, express deep remorse and offer a groveling apology.
▪ He asked me to find you and to offer you his apologies and regrets.
▪ Needless to say though she left the studio offering no apologies, no thanks, no farewells.
owe
▪ I think you owe an apology to Clegg.
▪ I think these people who said those hateful things about him owe him an apology.
▪ You owe him an apology for misjudging him and suspecting his motives at every turn.
▪ In light of this, do you feel you owe the world an apology?
▪ You are owed an apology also.
▪ I guess I owe her an apology.
▪ Proponents of such a view owe us an apology for three avoidable Tory victories.
▪ Did she really owe him an apology?
receive
▪ A POLL-TAX payer has received an apology from Middlesbrough Council after an unexpected visit by the bailiffs.
▪ Brosnan said he did not receive an apology from the band.
▪ I called again on Tuesday and received an apology from a senior sales rep.
▪ Normally, any ordinary citizen subject to dropped charges would receive a stony-faced apology and the opportunity to leave via the public foyer.
send
▪ Patients who've complained about the long wait have been sent letters of apology.
▪ Rodman sent a letter of apology.
▪ Blackburn sent a written apology to the umpire in question and has since apologised personally to him.
▪ We spoke with her, and she sends her apologies and assures us that she will not use that tone again.
▪ Should I have sent an apology?
▪ The Ashleys sent their apologies, along with Moira Braybrooke and the oldest and the youngest company employees.
▪ Fred Cox and Les Thomas sent their apologies.
▪ Beryl sends her apologies - she forgot to give me your message.
write
▪ This will involve some such task as giving an explanation of difficulties, requesting clarification, writing an apology, etc.
▪ On Monday, Stanford athletic director Ted Leland issued the written apology in response to numerous complaints about the performance.
▪ Each agreed to write a letter of apology and pay a $ 500 fine.
▪ Steve immediately sent Alice and her friend $ 50 gift certificates and long written apologies.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
my humble apologies
owe sb an explanation/apology
▪ At the same time I felt I was owed an explanation.
▪ At the very least a clear case is owed a clear explanation if it is rejected.
▪ I guess I owe her an apology.
▪ I think these people who said those hateful things about him owe him an apology.
▪ I think you owe an apology to Clegg.
▪ In light of this, do you feel you owe the world an apology?
▪ Of course, a decision not to have children is a legitimate choice, and whoever makes it owes no explanation.
▪ You owe him an apology for misjudging him and suspecting his motives at every turn.
present your apologies/compliments etc
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ As he reflected on his appalling behaviour, he mentally composed a letter of apology to his host.
▪ Blake was wrongfully arrested and is now demanding an apology from the police.
▪ I never thought she'd get the job. I guess I owe her an apology.
▪ In a written apology, the BBC admitted they had misled the public.
▪ Please accept our apologies for taking so long to deliver the materials you requested.
▪ The story was full of lies, and the paper had to print an apology.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A bad apology will erode intimacy.
▪ Across the room Linda was repeating her apologies, Oliver hovering in the background.
▪ Gates praised the report, but made no apology for the aggressive style and reputation of his force.
▪ He had forgotten to tell the cook to save some food for us, but he did not offer an apology.
▪ Probably there was an apology in it, Jasper offered.
▪ The Earl's descendant accepted the apologies of Hampden's heir.
▪ The first time Stepmother Edna hit me I was convinced it was a mistake and waited dumbly for an apology.
▪ Until an apology was forthcoming, he was damned if he was going to get in touch with her.
Wikipedia

Apology (Plato)

The Apology of Socrates (, Apologia Sokratous, Latin: Apologia Socratis), by Plato, is the Socratic dialogue that presents the speech of legal self-defence, which Socrates presented at his trial for impiety and corruption, in 399 BC.

Specifically the Apology of Socrates is a defence against the charges of “corrupting the young” and “not believing in the gods in whom the city believes, but in other daimonia that are novel” to Athens (24b).

Among the primary sources about the trial and death of the philosopher Socrates (469–399 BC), the Apology of Socrates is the dialogue that depicts the trial, and is one of four Socratic dialogues, along with Euthyphro, Phaedo, and Crito, through which Plato details the final days of the philosopher Socrates.

Apology

Apology or apologise may refer to:

  • An expression of remorse
  • Apologetics, the rhetorical defense of a position
  • Christian apologetics, the defense of Christianity

Apology (film)

Apology is a made for HBO original film that premiered on July 27, 1986. The movie is based on the artwork of Allan Bridge and the novel he inspired, Mr. Apology. The film was eventually released on video and syndicated to cable and network television outlets. It stars Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Weller and John Glover.

Apology (Xenophon)

The Apology of Socrates to the Jury , by Xenophon of Athens, is a Socratic dialogue about the legal defence that the philosopher Socrates presented at his trial for the moral corruption of Athenian youth; and for asebeia (impiety) against the pantheon of Athens; judged guilty, Socrates was sentenced to death.

Xenophon’s literary rendition of the defence of Socrates evinces the philosopher’s ethical opinion about a sentence of death: That it is better to die before the onset of senility, than to escape death, by humbling oneself to an unjust persecution.

The extant primary sources about the persons and events of the Trial of Socrates (399 BC), are the Apology of Socrates, by Plato; and the Apology of Socrates to the Jury, by Xenophon of Athens.

Apology (horse)

Apology (1871–1888) was a British Thoroughbred racemare who was the third winner of the Fillies' Triple Crown, winning the Epsom Oaks, 1,000 Guineas Stakes and St. Leger Stakes in 1874. Apology was bred and owned by the Reverend John William King, the vicar of Ashby de la Launde, whose ownership of the mare caused a minor scandal in the Church after Apology won the St. Leger Stakes. King ultimately had to resign his clerical appointments due to the scandal and died shortly thereafter of a chronic illness. Apology raced until she was five years old, winning the Ascot Gold Cup in 1876. She was retired from racing at the end of 1876 to become a broodmare initially for the widow of John King, and then for Clare Vyner. Apology was euthanised in 1888 after an extended illness.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Apology

Apology \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.
    --Dryden.

  2. An acknowledgment intended as an atonement for some improper or injurious remark or act; an admission to another of a wrong or discourtesy done him, accompanied by an expression of regret.

  3. Anything provided as a substitute; a makeshift.

    He goes to work devising apologies for window curtains.
    --Dickens.

    Syn: Excuse.

    Usage: An apology, in the original sense of the word, was a pleading off from some charge or imputation, by explaining and defending one's principles or conduct. It therefore amounted to a vindication. One who offers an apology, admits himself to have been, at least apparently, in the wrong, but brings forward some palliating circumstance, or tenders a frank acknowledgment, by way of reparation. We make an apology for some breach of propriety or decorum (like rude expressions, unbecoming conduct, etc.), or some deficiency in what might be reasonably expected. We offer an excuse when we have been guilty of some breach or neglect of duty; and we do it by way of extenuating our fault, and with a view to be forgiven. When an excuse has been accepted, an apology may still, in some cases, be necessary or appropriate. ``An excuse is not grounded on the claim of innocence, but is rather an appeal for favor resting on some collateral circumstance. An apology mostly respects the conduct of individuals toward each other as equals; it is a voluntary act produced by feelings of decorum, or a desire for the good opinion of others.''
    --Crabb.

Apology

Apology \A*pol"o*gy\, v. i. To offer an apology. [Obs.]

For which he can not well apology.
--J. Webster.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

apology

early 15c., "defense, justification," from Late Latin apologia, from Greek apologia "a speech in defense," from apologeisthai "to speak in one's defense," from apologos "an account, story," from apo- "from, off" (see apo-) + logos "speech" (see lecture (n.)).\n

\nThe original English sense of "self-justification" yielded a meaning "frank expression of regret for wrong done," first recorded 1590s, but this was not the main sense until 18c. The old sense tends to emerge in Latin form apologia (first attested in English 1784), especially since J.H. Newman's "Apologia pro Vita Sua" (1864).

WordNet

apology

  1. n. an expression of regret at having caused trouble for someone; "he wrote a letter of apology to the hostess"

  2. a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly [syn: apologia]

  3. a poor example; "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile" [syn: excuse]

Wiktionary

apology

n. 1 An expression of remorse or regret for having said or done something that harmed another: an instance of apologize (saying that one is sorry). 2 A formal justification, defence. 3 Anything provided as a substitute; a makeshift.

Usage examples of "apology".

They reminded her of funerals, forgotten birthdays, and absentia apologies from loved ones.

Matters were in this situation, when Tom, one afternoon, finding Sophia alone, began, after a short apology, with a very serious face, to acquaint her that he had a favour to ask of her which he hoped her goodness would comply with.

Annamaria Roccaro was the last to get into position, smiling in apology as she crowded next to Aiken Drum and felt the hard tools in his pockets pressing through the sleeves and skirts of her habit.

As he jumped hastily to his feet, his face very red and his mouth flowing with apologies to the alcalde for his clumsiness, he glanced downward swiftly into one of his hands, and then, with another quick gleam of cunning triumph in his eyes, he quickly slipped the hand into one of his pockets, and, taking his place in front of the barrel, faced the alcalde.

His apologies to Alker and Renz were really masterful strategy, the best that Weston had ever employed.

As the Archdeacon began to reply, Barbara Rackstraw came along the road with Adrian on their way home, and Persimmons, with a word of apology, skipped aside to meet them.

The apologies which were repeatedly addressed to the successors of Trajan are filled with the most pathetic complaints, that the Christians, who obeyed the dictates, and solicited the liberty, of conscience, were alone, among all the subjects of the Roman empire, excluded from the common benefits of their auspicious government.

Dutch so that Mijnheer Beek pulled her up on every sentence she uttered, listening to her strangely meek apologies with disbelieving snorts.

The girl I had treated so cavalierly came to light me downstairs, and thinking I owed her an apology I gave her a Louis and begged her pardon.

Please accept my condolences and my apology for the belatedness with which they are offered.

We were not left in this disagreeable position for long, as in five minutes an officer came in, and after some polite apologies told us we were free.

Sean had been invited - or, rather, Centaine had summoned him - but he was hunting with one of his most valuable clients on the Rhodesian concession and had sent his humble apologies.

Fent and Tarn, before Min had threatened to punch their lights out, and even Fent had recognized someone potentially more violent than himself and had mumbled what amounted, almost, to an apology.

He kissed her hand and left her to Martin, while Fibber followed him to the dining room, Martin taking the Marchioness up to the suite of rooms she had occupied the first night of her marriage, and with apologies for not being able to provide her with a female attendant, but as Deb pointed out, she had not had the benefit of her maid for two months now, save for a girl from the local village coming each day to help her with her hair and her dress, that she was quite used to doing most things for herself.

Lord of the Flies crew thought Gio was faking the apology as much as the Doormat probably thought my part in it was bogus.