What is another word for apology?

Synonyms for apology
əˈpɒl ə dʒiapol·o·gy

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Wiktionary

  1. apologynoun

    A formal justification, defence.

    The Apology of Socrates.

    Synonyms:
    apologia

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. apology

    All these words express one's answer to a charge of wrong or error that is or might be made. Apology has undergone a remarkable change from its old sense of a valiant defense — as in Justin Martyr's Apologies for the Christian faith — to its present meaning of humble confession and concession. He who offers an apology admits himself, at least technically and seemingly, in the wrong. An apology is for what one has done or left undone; an excuse may be for what one proposes to do or leave undone as well; as, one sends beforehand his excuse for not accepting an invitation; if he should fail either to be present or to excuse himself, an apology would be in order. An excuse for a fault is an attempt at partial justification; as, one alleges haste as an excuse for carelessness. Confession is a full acknowledgment of wrong, generally of a grave wrong, with or without apology or excuse. Plea ranges in sense from a prayer for favor or pardon to an attempt at full vindication. Defense, exculpation, justification, and vindication are more properly antonyms than synonyms of apology in its modern sense, and should be so given, but for their connection with its historic usage. Compare CONFESS; DEFENSE.

    Synonyms:
    acknowledgment, confession, defense, exculpation, excuse, justification, plea, vindication

    Antonyms:
    accusation, censure, charge, complaint, condemnation, imputation, injury, insult, offense, wrong

    Preposition:
    An apology to the guest for the oversight would be fitting.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. apology

    Synonyms:
    defense, justification, plea, exculpation, excuse, vindication, acknowledgment, confession

    Antonyms:
    charge, imputation, impeachment, offense, incrimination, injury, accusation, wrong, insult

Princeton's WordNet

  1. apologynoun

    an expression of regret at having caused trouble for someone

    "he wrote a letter of apology to the hostess"

    Synonyms:
    excuse, apologia

  2. apology, apologianoun

    a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly

    Synonyms:
    excuse, apologia

  3. apology, excusenoun

    a poor example

    "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile"

    Synonyms:
    excuse, exculpation, apologia, alibi, self-justification

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. apologynoun

    Synonyms:
    defence, vindication, justification

  2. apologynoun

    Synonyms:
    excuse, plea, explanation, extenuation, reparation, AMENDE HONORABLE

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. apologynoun

    Synonyms:
    justification, extenuation, defense, vindication, amende honorable, makeshift, substitute, excuse

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "apology":

    apologies, excuse, apologize, apologia, apologizing, apologise, sorry

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How to use apology in a sentence?

  1. Baroness Orczy:

    An apology Bah Disgusting Cowardly Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be.

  2. The ICC:

    The( ICC) The Board considered the behavior of some of the West Indies players in the immediate aftermath of the final, and unanimously agreed that certain comments and actions were inappropriate, disrespectful and brought the event into disrepute, the Board acknowledged an apology by the WICB but was disappointed to note that such behavior had detracted from the success of what was otherwise a magnificent tournament and final.

  3. James Post:

    The objective of my comment was simply meant to focus the attention of the audience on working within the command's constraints, it was sincerely never my intention to discourage anyone's access to their elected officials. I now understand how my poor choice of words may have led a few attendees to draw this conclusion and I offer my humble apology for causing any undue strain on the command and its mission.

  4. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    It's readily apparent that that apology was warranted. But obviously the decisions that Prime Minister Netanyahu has to make about who will serve his government and represent him and his country are decisions that he rightfully will make on his own.

  5. Douglas Rappaport:

    Today is a fabulous day. Nearly four months ago, we told you that Denise Huskins' was right -- that she was not only innocent of perpetrating a hoax, but that she was a victim of a very serious and violent crime. And today there is vindication, the Vallejo Police Department owes an apology to Ms. Huskins and Mr. Quinn.


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