Part of speech: noun

An acknowledgment of error; excuse.

Part of speech: noun

A justification or defense; the original meaning.

Part of speech: noun

A poor substitute.

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Usage examples "apology":

  1. He had done this only a fortnight before, and his aunt had received his apology with a short- " It's all very well to think by saying you are sorry you make it all right. - "Little Miss Joy", Emma Marshall.
  2. Send some to my cousin and remain here, if you will, and accept my apology for a somewhat hasty dinner and you will delight me." - "The Physiology of Taste", Brillat Savarin.
  3. Even when he received the note of apology which he felt sure she would send up the moment she reached the hotel, he would delay answering it. - "The Honorable Percival", Alice Hegan Rice.