apology

Definitions

  • Dido refuses to listen to Aeneas' apology
    Dido refuses to listen to Aeneas' apology
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n apology a poor example "it was an apology for a meal","a poor excuse for an automobile"
    • n apology an expression of regret at having caused trouble for someone "he wrote a letter of apology to the hostess"
    • n apology a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly
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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.
    • Apology An acknowledgment intended as an atonement for some improper or injurious remark or act; an admission to another of a wrong or discourtesy done him, accompanied by an expression of regret.
    • Apology Anything provided as a substitute; a makeshift. "He goes to work devising apologies for window curtains."
    • Apology Something said or written in defense or justification of what appears to others wrong, or of what may be liable to disapprobation; justification; as, Tertullian's Apology for Christianity. "It is not my intention to make an apology for my poem; some will think it needs no excuse, and others will receive none."
    • v. i Apology To offer an apology. "For which he can not well apology ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apology Something said or written in defense, vindication, or excuse; specifically, a defense or justification of a doctrine, system, course of conduct, etc., against objections or criticisms.
    • n apology An excuse, usually accompanied by an expression of regret, for some fault.
    • n apology That which imperfectly serves a given purpose; a temporary substitute; a makeshift.
    • n apology An apologue.
    • n apology Synonyms Apology, Excuse, Plea. Apology has in this sense the force of an admission that one has been, at least seemingly, in the wrong; it therefore pleads any extenuating circumstances, or, more often, offers a frank acknowledgment as the best that can be done toward making matters right. Excuse may mean a defense, or an explanation simply: as, his excuse was quite sufficient; or it may be a mere attempt at justification: as, it was only an excuse; or it may be a begging to be released from a claim: as, “they all with one consent began to make excuse,” Luke xiv. 18. A plea consists, according to the occasion, of an appeal for leniency, or of justificatory or exculpatory argument or persuasion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apology a-pol′oj-i something spoken to ward off an attack: a defence or justification: frank acknowledgment of an offence: a poor substitute (with for; of is obsolete)
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Quotations

  • Jim Bakker
    Jim Bakker
    “Why should I apologize because God throws in crystal chandeliers, mahogany floors, and the best construction in the world?”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    “Apology is only egotism wrong side out.”
  • Sir P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse
    Sir P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse
    “It is good rule in life to never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
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    “To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.”
  • Tryon Edwards
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    “Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.”
  • Kitty Kelley
    Kitty Kelley
    “A hero is someone we can admire without apology.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. apologia, Gr. ; from + : cf. F. apologie,. See Apologetic
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; apo, from, -logia, speaking—leg-ein, to speak.

Usage

In literature:

Cibber's Apology, characters of actors in, 67.
"Notes & Queries, Index of Volume 1" by Various
He expected an apology for an absence just five minutes over the two hours; but she offered none.
"Elizabeth's Campaign" by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
She ought to pay, and she ought to apologize.
"New York Times, Current History, Vol 1, Issue 1" by Various
At this the boys laughed loud and long, then apologized when they saw Stella's embarrassment.
"Ted Strong's Motor Car" by Edward C. Taylor
But the whole subject was difficult to the girl, and it was he who broke the silence, speaking his pedestrian's apology again.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
The rest of his letter consisted of apologies and offers of service.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Keith is one of the men I don't have to apologize to.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
It is the guest who must go up to the hostess and apologize for being late.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
Then, all at once, without warning or apology, she smiled, showing very even and white teeth.
"54-40 or Fight" by Emerson Hough
The "Herakles" of Euripides, introduced into "Aristophanes' Apology.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
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In poetry:

The accident was thus explained,
Apologies were only heard now:
"At my mistake I'm really pained -
I am, indeed - upon my word now.
"Ben Allah Achmet, or, the Fatal Tum" by William Schwenck Gilbert
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
"Release him with a ticket - he'll be better then, no doubt,
And tell him I apologize." So MISTER WILLIAM'S out.
I hope he will be careful in his manuscripts, I'm sure,
And not begin experimentalizing any more.
"Mister William" by William Schwenck Gilbert
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:

Salazar apologizes to reporter he threatened to "punch out".
Atlanta's Emory University apologizes for systematic anti-Semitism at dental school in 1950s.
Administrators set to apologize to former students in person.
Emory apologizes for dental school discrimination.
In fact, Mitt held a late night press conference on Monday to defend his position and did not apologize for his statements.
HBO apologizes for depiction of severed Bush head.
The governor of Mississippi called it insulting and ABC11 has learned that the two governors have spoken but Perdue did not directly apologize.
Southern Miss apologizes for band's derogatory chant at NCAA tournament.
Bush Apologizes For Quran Desecration .
President Bush has apologized to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for an American sniper's use of a copy of the Quran for target practice, Maliki's office said Tuesday.
Butcher briefly apologized to the father of the 21-year-old victim in court Wednesday.
Nonetheless, we are disappointed that Scolaro did not apologize to Diamondback 's investors, whose trust he abused in committing his crimes.
Miami Heat apologize for PA announcer's Amar'e Stoudemire fire extinguisher joke.
'MythBusters' apologizes for cannonball mishap.
Mitt Romney's 'apology' fixation .
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In science:

We apologize for the inevitable incompleteness but refer the reader to the literature for details (see e.g. [CK99]).
Orbifold Constructions of K3: A Link between Conformal Field Theory and Geometry
Many of these were shared with Stephen and with other collaborators: Andrew Chamblin, Oliver DeWolfe, Andrei Linde, Alex Maloney, Rob Myers, Jens Niemeyer, Joe Polchinski, and Andy Strominger. I would like to thank them, and I emphasize that the shortcomings of this article, for which I apologize, are mine.
Adventures in de Sitter space
Rather than repeating all 39 theory talks of this conference, I will try to put things in perspective and focus on a few recent developments. I apologize to all those whose interesting contributions are only briefly mentioned here because of space (time) limitations.
Moriond QCD 2002: Theoretical Summary
On the other hand we express our apologies to all the many workers in the field whose results have not been adequately appreciated and quoted in this article.
Dynamics of two-dimensional Josephson junction arrays
Finally, the list of references is, necessarily, far from complete. I would like to apologize to all authors whose work should have been (but was not) mentioned.
The Quark-Gluon Plasma in Equilibrium
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