• WordNet 3.6
    • v apologise acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing "I apologized for being late","He apologized for the many typoes"
    • v apologise defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior","he rationalized his lack of success"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apologise See apologize, apologizer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Apologise to make excuse: to express regret for a fault (with for)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; apo, from, -logia, speaking—leg-ein, to speak.


In literature:

If you desire my services, Mathias replied; and if I am mistaken, and you do not require them, I will withdraw and apologise for my intrusion.
"The Brook Kerith" by George Moore
The silver-haired woman frowned; so did Penfentenyou, and, I think, apologised to her for my language.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
He had been abominably brutal, and he ought to apologise.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
He apologises handsomely, and commences his recital.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101, July 11, 1891" by Various
Brammel attempted to apologise, and failed in the attempt, of course.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXIX. January, 1844. Vol. LV." by Various
But let me apologise to you all most sincerely for disturbing you with my brutal temper.
"Mr. Isaacs" by F. Marion Crawford
Wrote specially to her to apologise and explain.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, May 23, 1891" by Various
That reminds me of another clerk who apologised to a church dignitary who had been summoned to take a service at a small country church.
"The Parish Clerk (1907)" by Peter Hampson Ditchfield
The sterility of the country will apologise for the natives not contributing to the wants of the navigator.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 14" by Robert Kerr
I have to apologise for some incorrect dates in my last communication.
"Notes & Queries, No. 41, Saturday, August 10, 1850" by Various

In news:

Ikea, the Swedish furniture superstore, has apologised for airbrushing women out of its Saudi Arabian catalogue , which it said was "in conflict with the Ikea Group values".
Ikea apologises for deleting women from Saudi catalogue .
Tory MP apologises for appearing to encourage rival in Corby by-election.
Ice -T's wife apologises for provocative photos with another man.
She tweeted messages such as "What's the fuzz with Jews " before later apologising.
We apologise to customers who were diverted on the BA66 this morning.
Steve Messham, a victim of sexual abuse while he was a resident of a north Wales care home, has apologised for making false allegations against a Conservative politician.
Victoria's Secret apologises for Native America n headdress offence.
On May 27, shellapologises.com popped up on the Web, blazing a message: "Shell Apologises to Niger Delta for Human Rights Abuses".
I'm not apologising for Twitter tirade.
Ice-T's wife apologises for provocative photos with another man.
To which one follower of Murdoch then tweeted, "@ rupertmurdoch if you 'don't see' the criticism how on God's earth can you genuinely apologise for it.".
"We must apologise to Ivory Coast and make sure we do everything to avoid this happening again," added Coly.
Mr Tuppeny shows off the broken glass door and said the officers did not apologise for the mix up.
US keeper Howard apologises for swearing .

In science:

Some of the theory has been discovered several times by apparently independent teams; whilst making a serious attempt to list key references, we apologise for unwitting omissions of which there will certainly be a few.
The Random-Cluster Model
For all these and further omissions, I apologise in advance.
Recent progress in coalescent theory
Di Stefano for her steady encouragement to produce this catalog and for extensive discussion on its content. I apologise to anyone whose paper slipped through the literature search.
Catalog of Luminous Supersoft X-ray Sources
As a result, the references we give are intended to serve as a guide only, not as a true reflection of all the work that has been done; for each paper mentioned at least fifty will have been left out, and we wish to apologise beforehand to the authors of the papers in the latter category.
Statistical Mechanical Analysis of the Dynamics of Learning in Perceptrons
Theorists: beware of taking your favourite random model; fin ding the J PC states that agree with it and then ignoring, excusing or tweaking the model to apologise for those that do not not.
The End of the Constituent Quark Model?