apologize

Definitions

  • Dido refuses to listen to Aeneas' apology
    Dido refuses to listen to Aeneas' apology
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v apologize acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing "I apologized for being late","He apologized for the many typoes"
    • v apologize 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On February 9, 1993, "Dateline NBC" was forced to publicly apologize, and NBC president Michael Gartner resigned for a scandal caused by "Dateline" rigging a GM truck with explosives to simulate a "scientific" crash-test demo.
    • v. t Apologize To defend. "The Christians . . . were apologized by Plinie."
    • Apologize To make an apology or defense.
    • Apologize To make an apology or excuse; to make acknowledgment of some fault or offense, with expression of regret for it, by way of amends; -- with for; as, my correspondent apologized for not answering my letter. "To apologize for his insolent language."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • apologize To make an apology or defense; speak or write in favor of some person or thing; offer defensive arguments.
    • apologize To make an apology or excuse; acknowledge or express regret for a fault: followed by for: as, he apologized for his delay in replying.
    • apologize To make or write an apology for; defend.
    • apologize Also spelled apologise.
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Quotations

  • Red Auerbach
    Red Auerbach
    “The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “A stiff apology is a second insult. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.”
  • Baroness Orczy
    Baroness Orczy
    “An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
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    “Our systems, perhaps, are nothing more than an unconscious apology for our faults --a gigantic scaffolding whose object is to hide from us our favorite sin.”
  • Nellie Mcclung
    Nellie Mcclung
    “Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.”
  • Jim Bakker
    Jim Bakker
    “Why should I apologize because God throws in crystal chandeliers, mahogany floors, and the best construction in the world?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. apologiser,

Usage

In literature:

Yes, I will apologize for my bad taste in approaching him to-night.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
He apologized and got out; and it is quite evident that the necklace went with him.
"The Voice in the Fog" by Harold MacGrath
Carl rarely saw fit to apologize or seek advice.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
He swallowed hard, mumbled an apology anent the inhalation of a gnat, and answered in all seriousness.
"The Gun-Brand" by James B. Hendryx
She made her small apologies; she said she did not know that England was such a beautiful place.
"Prince Fortunatus" by William Black
I've offered to settle with you and I've apologized.
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
What effect did this apology produce?
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
There is a kind of premonitory apology implied in my saying this, I am aware.
"Short Story Classics (American) Vol. 2" by Various
The delay of your letter will apologize for this delay of the repayment.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
I accept your apology, son.
"Class of '29" by Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings
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In poetry:

Said Austria,--"You murderous Serb,
You the peace of all Europe disturb;
Get down on your knees,
And apologize, please,
Or I'll kick you right off my front curb."
"Modern Diplomacy, Or How The War Was Started" by Abner Cosens
And can't believe you've sunk; yet sunk you have,
Or flown or gone, and so with due apology
I raise my voice in necessary grief
And trespass in your private field of elegy.
"For: Kenneth Slessor" by Douglas Alexander Stewart
"If you have a little of merit to claim,
You may thank the sweet-smelling Virginian weed;
And I, if I seem to deserve any blame,
The before-mentioned drug in apology plead.
"To The Rev. Mr. Newton, Rector Of St. Mary Woolnoth" by William Cowper
He had fine stories and was another man
in private; difficult, always. Courteous,
on the whole, in private.
He apologize to Henry, off & on,
for two blue slanders; which was good of him.
I don't know how he made it.
"Dream Song 37: Three around the Old Gentleman" by John Berryman
A god, Maecenas! yea, a god hath proved the very curse of me!
If my iambics are not done, pray, do not think the worse of me;
Anacreon for young Bathyllus burned without apology,
And wept his simple measures on a sample of conchology.
"A Tardy Apology" by Roswell Martin Field
THE FAIR my pages safely may pursue,
And this apology they'll not refuse.
What recompense can I presume to make?
A tale I'll give, where female charms partake,
And prove resistless whatsoe'er assail:
Blessed BEAUTY, NATURE ever should prevail.
"Friar Philip's Geese" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

Justin Timberlake has apologized for a gag video featuring homeless people congratulating him and his new wife, Jessica Biel, on their wedding.
Justin Timberlake Apologizes for ' Distasteful ' Video.
Timberlake apologizes for ' distasteful ' video.
Justin Timberlake apologizes for ' distasteful ' wedding gift video.
Alec Baldwin Apologizes to Harvey Weinstein for ' Douche Bag' Tirade.
Alec Baldwin Apologizes to Harvey Weinstein for ' Douche Bag ' Tirade.
I don't know if that should come with an apology or not but it's the ugly truth.
German drug company issues its first apology for thalidomide.
Prices are about to go up, and — with our apologies to 'Mommie Dearest' — you can blame it on those darned wire hangers.
With apologies to Aretha, the Spring 2004 Online Customer Respect Study of 36 airline, travel and leisure firms found that when it comes to respecting the customer in the online environment, some of our faves just aren't cutting it.
IKEA apologized on Friday for using the forced labor of political prisoners in communist East German y to make some of its furniture during the 1980s.
IKEA apologizes for use of East German prison labor.
Man wants apology from school that let the word ' fag ' appear next to his high school yearbook picture.
Apologize now for the burden future generations will bear.
First, you should apologize to your children.
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In science:

With apologies to Spike Jones, Doodles Weaver, and the Man on the Treezing Tri-flap.
Astrophysics in 2005
Luo for informing me about their work on spectrum and matrix elements in heavy quark physics. I apologize that I could not cover those topic in my talk.
Heavy flavor physics from lattice QCD
I would like to thank the organizers of the BEACH conference for their help and gracious hospitality in Lancaster. I’d like also to acknowledge and apologize to all the physicists (theorists and experimentalists) whose work should be reported here, but could not be for lack of space.
Review of Recent Measurements of the Sides of the CKM Unitarity Triangle
I have used in producing this talk and apologies are due to those whose contributions did not make it into this final version.
Diffraction 2006: Theoretical Summary
I present also a (limited) selection of results which have been obtained by different lattice groups. I would like to apologize to all colleagues that I cannot cite, due to space limitations.
Status of heavy quark physics from the lattice
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