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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR APOLOGIES

She had surely sufficient occupation, and yet she has no apologies at hand.

"Oh, make no apologies to me at such a time as this," said Mrs. Delacour.

No burly drayman or big butts of beer, were wanted for apologies.

I bowed very low, faltered some apologies, and backed to the door.

And she accepted his apologies with a calmness that astonished him.

"And no apologies are due, not from your side at least," he declared.

Mary helped him off the shoals by taking the remainder of his apologies for granted.

She was pale to the lips, and her hazel eyes were blazing, as she cut into his apologies for Blood.

"Bardelys, a thousand apologies for my clumsiness," he muttered.

"Since I have intruded so unwittingly, I had best remain to make my apologies," he said.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "defense, justification," from Late Latin apologia, from Greek apologia "a speech in defense," from apologeisthai "to speak in one's defense," from apologos "an account, story," from apo- "from, off" (see apo-) + logos "speech" (see lecture (n.)).

The original English sense of "self-justification" yielded a meaning "frank expression of regret for wrong done," first recorded 1590s, but this was not the main sense until 18c. The old sense tends to emerge in Latin form apologia (first attested in English 1784), especially since J.H. Newman's "Apologia pro Vita Sua" (1864).

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