• WordNet 3.6
    • n apologetics the branch of theology that is concerned with the defense of Christian doctrines
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Apologetics That branch of theology which defends the Holy Scriptures, and sets forth the evidence of their divine authority.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apologetics That branch of demonstrative or argumentative theology which is concerned with the grounds and defense of Christian belief and hope.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apologetics that branch of theology concerned with the defence of Christianity. It falls under the two heads of natural and revealed theology—in the former it proves the existence of God, of the soul in man, a future state; in the latter, the canonicity, inspiration, and trustworthiness of Scripture
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In literature:

GEORGE (laying his hand on AUGUSTA's shoulder: apologetically).
"Dr. Jonathan (A Play)" by Winston Churchill
She laughed almost apologetically.
"The Evil Shepherd" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Seaman scrambled up the steps on to the platform, coughed apologetically, bowed to the Duke, and took possession of the meeting.
"The Great Impersonation" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He retired under the table with an apologetic yelp, which did not affect the iceberg.
"The Gilded Age, Part 1." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and Charles Dudley Warner
On an apologetic and humiliated rabble she poured her scorn.
"The Unwilling Vestal" by Edward Lucas White
His attitude towards Joyce was distinctly apologetic.
"Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories" by Henry Seton Merriman
What I want really most to KNOW is why he should be, as you said just now, 'apologetic' to Mr. Longdon.
"The Awkward Age" by Henry James
I glanced at him apologetically.
"Autobiography of a YOGI" by Paramhansa Yogananda
She started, gave me that hurried, apologetic look that was bitterer to me than the most savage insult would have been.
"The Deluge" by David Graham Phillips
With an apologetic look, he slunk away, back to Lil and the house we'd shared.
"Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow
Sebastian wrinkled his eyes and gave an apologetic laugh.
"Barlasch of the Guard" by H. S. Merriman
He stood shuffling his feet, a timid, apologetic look upon his face.
"Frenzied Fiction" by Stephen Leacock
Mrs. Thornburgh was still more frightened, and rushed into a flood of apologetic speech.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
In my puzzle I could do nothing but smile feebly and apologetically.
"The Indiscretion of the Duchess" by Anthony Hope
Again, abstain from those books which are apologetic of crime.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
One was looking apologetically at the gentleman next Alfred who was wiping his face with his napkin; the other laughing tantalizingly.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
It was a pleasure that raised its head timidly, apologetically; but it raised it none the less.
"The Letter of the Contract" by Basil King
Colwyn was upstairs in his bedroom preparing for his return journey to London when a meek knock and an apologetic cough reached his ears.
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
The paper boy, arrayed richly, slipped apologetically into the shop.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
The conversion of Paul is one of the strong apologetic positions of Christianity.
"The Life of St. Paul" by James Stalker

In news:

So the midterms are over, the Democrats lost the House, and the president is apologetic about misprioritizing his efforts over the past two years.
Before Tiger Woods parted ways with his longtime caddie Steve Williams, he made a last-ditch effort to salvage the all-star alliance with an apologetic call to the caddie 's wife Kirsty, according to a new tell-all book.
T his peppery work of apologetics is brief but covers a lot of ground.
A defiant Brandon Cain and an apologetic Brian Lee were sentenced for shooting at Abreeya Brown and - 2:37 pm.
An apologetic Russell Baze was suspended for 15 days by Bay Meadows stewards and fined $2,500 Aug 26 for misusing his whip as the result of a complaint arising from an incident at the Bay Area track last week.
Crawlspace by John Pass, Apologetic for Joy by Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst: Reviews.
A lot of bands say their music doesn't fit in a genre, but Scenic City's electronic experimentalists, Infradig, seem almost apologetic about it.
At a recent parenting workshop, a mother offered, almost apologetically, that she warms her daughter's clothes in the dryer.
Kane apologetic over drinking escapade .
Not quite apologetic were the Microsoft executives who spoke at the Financial Analyst Meeting on the company's Redmond campus Thursday.
Crawlspace by John Pass, Apologetic for Joy by Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst : Reviews.
IN EFFECT UNTIL DEC 5, 9:00 a.m. Susan Zaks was polite, almost apologetic, asking if I would write a column on behalf of bereaved parents.
And that Libyan President Mohammed el-Megaref was deeply apologetic and reportedly is carrying out his promise to crack down on extremist groups.
The man is upset and apologetic ("I set the alarm," he tells his father).
It's becoming more and more obvious I suffer from SADD (Seasonal Apologetic Disaster Disorder).

In science:

The very first numerical Lagrangean hydrodynamical computations of Cepheid variables were already apologetic about the poor resolution of the partial hydrogen ionization front during the pulsation.
Nonlinear Pulsations