Part of speech: noun

One who argues in defense of any person or cause; a defender.

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Usage examples "apologist":

  1. The book itself is much longer than the book that I am writing; and as is only right in so spirited an apologist, every paragraph is provocative. - "George Bernard Shaw", Gilbert K. Chesterton.
  2. I even regret, sir, that we should find one amongst us, who enters the lists as its apologist, except on the ground of uncontrolable necessity. - "An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans", Lydia Maria Child.
  3. The outrageous deeds just described may well have been in large part the work of " lewd fellows of the baser sort," a sort of which the Transvaal has unfortunately no monopoly, and of which the better type of Boer scorns to become the apologist. - "With the Guards' Brigade from Bloemfontein to Koomati Poort and Back", Edward P. Lowry.