Meaning of APOLOGY in English

a ‧ pol ‧ o ‧ gy S3 /əˈpɒlədʒi $ əˈpɑː-/ BrE AmE noun ( plural apologies )

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: Late Latin ; Origin: apologia 'written or spoken defense' , from Greek , from apo- ( ⇨ ↑ apocalypse ) + logos 'speech' ]

1 . [uncountable and countable] something that you say or write to show that you are sorry for doing something wrong

apology for

The minister had to issue a formal public apology for his remarks.

apology from

She finally received an apology from the company.

apology to

an apology to passengers for any inconvenience caused

2 . apologies [plural] a message that you send to a meeting to say that you will not be able to come to the meeting:

Edward can’t be here today, but he sends his apologies.

3 . make your apologies to say that you are sorry but you have to leave:

I quickly made my apologies and left.

4 . make no apology for something to not say that you are sorry for something, because you do not regret it and you think it is the right thing to do:

We make no apology for defending our members’ interests – that is our job.

5 . [countable] literary a statement in which you defend something you believe in after it has been criticized by other people

apology for

an apology for Christianity

6 . an apology for something a very bad example of something:

They served us up an apology for a meal.

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■ verbs

▪ make an apology

I hope you are going to make an apology.

▪ issue an apology (=make an official public apology)

North Korea issued an official apology for the incident.

▪ get/receive an apology

He received a formal apology from the company.

▪ offer an apology

We would like to offer our sincere apologies for the delay.

▪ accept sb’s apology

Please accept my apologies for having to cancel our meeting.

▪ demand an apology

China continued to demand a full apology from the US.

▪ owe somebody an apology

I’m afraid I owe you an apology.

▪ publish an apology (=print it in a newspaper)

The newspaper group was forced to publish a full apology.

▪ mumble/mutter an apology (=say it quietly, especially because you are embarrassed)

He bumped into me and mumbled an apology.

■ adjectives

▪ my sincere/profound apologies (=used when you feel very sorry )

Firstly, my sincere apologies for not having contacted you earlier.


‘I have been guilty of making some insensitive remarks,’ said Wright, who offered his profound apologies to everyone concerned.

▪ a public apology

The authorities published a public apology in the newspaper.

▪ a formal apology

Russia is demanding a formal apology.

▪ an official apology

The company has made an official apology and is offering compensation.

▪ a written apology

The police sent a written apology to the family.

▪ a full apology

The Prime Minister made a full apology in the House of Commons.

▪ an abject apology formal (=one that shows that you are very sorry)

The BBC issued an abject apology for insulting the Queen.

▪ profuse apologies formal (=when someone says that they are sorry several times )

Moira telephoned with profuse apologies for the misunderstanding.

■ phrases

▪ a letter of apology

We agreed to write a letter of apology.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.