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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Critics who decry regulatory costs are dismissed as deluded apologists for corporate rapacity.
▪ He has been neither an apologist nor an alarmist.
▪ The increase in efficiency promised by the apostles of reengineering and the apologists for the great merger wave remains invisible.
▪ They are mere apologists for the existing system.
▪ Today the Opposition revealed themselves as dinosaurs because they acted as mere apologists for the old established order.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Apologist \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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1630s, from French apologiste, from apologie (see apology).


n. 1 One who makes an apology. 2 One who speaks or writes in defense of a faith, a cause, or an institution.


n. a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution; "an apologist for capital punishment" [syn: vindicator, justifier]

Usage examples of "apologist".

But Tatian, the prominent Apologist, who joined them, gave this sect a more complete canon, an important fact about which was its inclusion of Epistles of Paul.

The greatest paradox the Apologist has to assert is connected by him with the most impressive remembrance possessed by his readers as philosophers.

The difference between him and an Apologist like Tatian seems here to be a radical one.

According to this Apologist the dignity of man does not consist in his natural endowments: but in the union of the human soul with the divine spirit, for which union indeed he was planned.

But will this apologist for crime not tremble constantly himself when he has uprooted from every heart the very thing to which of necessity he owes his preservation?

Nicholas Sanders, a contemporary Catholic apologist, said that the common people of that period were divided into three classes: husbandmen, shepherds and mechanics.

It is difficult to place him as either a Protestant, a Catholic apologist or a rationalist.

These remodelled tradition, the Apologists made it to some extent inoperative without attacking it.

Hippolytus denote an immense advance beyond the Apologists, which, paradoxically enough, results both from the progress of Christian Hellenism and from a deeper study of the Pauline theology, that is, emanates from the controversy with Gnosticism.

In them a religious and realistic idea takes the place of the moralism of the Apologists, namely, the deifying of the human race through the incarnation of the Son of God.

So far as we can demonstrate traces of independent religious knowledge among the so-called Apostolic Fathers of the post-apostolic age, they are in thorough harmony with the theories of the Apologists, which are merely expressed with precision and divested of Old Testament language.

See my studies respecting the tradition of the Greek Apologists of the second century in the early Church in the Texte und Unters.

But we may refer to the fact that from the middle of the second century the Apologists, that is the Christian philosophers, had exercised a very great influence on the Old Catholic Fathers.

In the endeavours of the Apologists to explain Christianity to the cultured world, we have before us the attempts of Greek churchmen to represent the Christian religion as a philosophy, and to convince outsiders that it was the highest wisdom and the absolute truth.

The Gnostic speculations were repudiated, whereas those of the Apologists were accepted.