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Meaning: a person who defends someone or something that's often criticized

For example:

  • The army's apologists say the hospital was bombed by mistake, but they bombed it on purpose.

  • Apologists for gun manufacturers often say: "People kill people, not guns".

Note: This is a dysphemism that can be used instead of more neutral words like "spokesperson" or "representative". It's used by people who believe a spokesperson isn't telling the truth, or is distorting the truth, in order to defend the organization or person they are speaking on behalf of.

Quick Quiz:

An apologist for corrupt politicians is someone who

a. wants them to apologize

b. says they aren't corrupt

c. is apologizing to them

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Contributor: Matt Errey