A speech or written defense of one's opinions or conduct.
Late 16th century: from latin, from greek apologia 'a speech in defense', from apologēsesthai 'speak in one's defense'.
- The defendant gave an apologia in which he explained his actions and stated his innocence.
- An apologia can be a powerful tool for convincing others of the validity of one's argument.
- In his apologia, Socrates famously declared that an unexamined life was not worth living.
- An apologia is often given in response to criticism or attack, in order to rebut the charges and clear one's name.
- A well-crafted apologia can be a crucial factor in determining the outcome of a legal or political dispute.