A person who defends or explains a particular doctrine, ideology, or group, often in an attempt to justify or defend it against criticism.
From greek apologos (defender, speaker in defense), from apo- (from) + logos (speech).
- He was an apologist for the government's policies and defended them at every opportunity.
- The apologist tried to defend the actions of the company, but their explanations were not convincing.
- He was a religious apologist and wrote several books defending his faith.
- The apologist argued that the controversial policy was actually beneficial.
- She was an apologist for the controversial political leader and tried to justify his actions.