apologist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n apologist a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution "an apologist for capital punishment"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Apologist 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apologist One who speaks or writes in defense of anything; one who champions a person or a cause, whether in public address or by literary means; one who makes an apology or defense.
    • n apologist Specifically Eccles., a defender of Christianity; in particular, one of the authors of the early Christian apologies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apologist one who makes an apology: a defender by argument
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. apologiste,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; apo, from, -logia, speaking—leg-ein, to speak.

Usage

In literature:

It was Thursday, the one day of the week when Paradise needed no apologist.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
The relieved poet now had the floor as an apologist for his discourteous parrot.
"Whittier-land" by Samuel T. Pickard
September massacres then find, not their apologist, but their eulogist.
"Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics" by William Thomas Thornton
It has few apologists, perhaps fewer than it really deserves.
"The American Mind" by Bliss Perry
The latter is seldom referred to by religious apologists, but we shall deal with it first.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
As a Catholic apologist he was a model of candor and suavity.
"Memoirs of Life and Literature" by W. H. Mallock
It's been used down through the ages by apologists for the privileged classes.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
However, Gowrie met James with sixty men (four, says the Ruthven apologist).
"James VI and the Gowrie Mystery" by Andrew Lang
The apologist's armour would be vulnerable at the point where his religion and his science were forced into artificial union.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
In refuting life, one is but an involuntary apologist.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky
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In poetry:

"For Burglars, Thieves, and Co.,
Indeed, I'm no apologist,
But I, some years ago,
Assisted a Phrenologist.
"Phrenology" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Ministry leader, preacher, and apologist Dr Ravi Zacharias recently spoke at the United Nations' annual International Prayer Breakfast, marking his third appearance at the venue.
Author and Christian apologist Anthony Horvath has released letters he received from Antony Flew, world renowned atheist, who abandoned atheism in the years leading up to his death.
As I've said many times, if the "free market" meant what capitalist apologists mean by it, I'd hate it myself.
Tolkien, who died 1973, was a devout Catholic and a close friend of the novelist, fantasy writer and Christian apologist C.S.
The choice between President Obama and Mitt Romney should be clear by now — and that choice is between a socialist and global apologist, and a genuine advocate of free enterprise and national sovereignty.
Overdraft Ethics , CNN's Wall Street Apologist, US Gas Boom.
Benghazi fuss aims at falsely casting Obama as an apologist for the killing of Americans.
We may have an apologist in the White House, but we have a Patriot at my house.
Spencer Ackerman provides some additional context about the torture scenes in Zero Dark Thirty and says, "Bigelow is being presented as a torture apologist, and it's a bum rap".
Apologists like Juan Cole argue that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doesn't truly incite genocide, because the threat to wipe Israel off the map was simply a mistranslation.
Early preachers, along with Christian authors and apologists such as C.
Obama has only one chance to be elected again and that is if his apologists can get illegals the vote.
Because Cohen (apologist extraordinaire for the Iranian Mullahs ) has now been replaced as the New York Times' biggest dupe.
Feckless followers of Democrats, apologists for the Obamessiah, and can hardly be counted on to tell the truth.
Southcomm's resident bow-tie-wearing emo apologist J.R.
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