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Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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(noun) A person who argues in defense or justification of something, such as a doctrine, policy, or institution.

Synonyms: vindicator, justifier

Usage: English youth have been so educated time out of mind, and we have hundreds of thousands of apologists and admirers of injustice, misery, and brutality, as perpetrated among children.
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2015 9:06:26 AM

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Notes: Don't confuse apologist with apologizer. Today's Word is the personal noun from the abstract noun apologia, not apology. An apology is an expression of regret for a wrong. An apologia is a written or verbal defense or justification for something. You may use apology in the same sense as apologia—and apologize has the same two meanings. But we advise that you keep the main senses of these two words discrete: apologist with apologia, and apologizer with apology.

In Play: An apologia can be simply an explanation: "Dutch Masters is a staunch apologist for the commercial sale of marijuana." It can also be a defense against criticism of something: "Nick O'Lodian has to be the world's foremost apologist for accordion music."

Word History: Today's word is based on Latin apologia, from Greek apologia, comprising apo "(away) from" + logos "word, discourse, thought" + -ia, a noun suffix. Apo was a Proto-Indo-European preposition that meant "(away) from, off (of)". Greek apo retains all the original sounds and meaning, but Latin ab "(away) from" shows some erosion of the original. English polished it even more to produce of and off. Logos goes back to PIE log-/leg- "to gather, to speak". In Greek logos meant "word, discourse, thought". It underlies a group of Greek words English helped itself to, including logic, analogy, today's word, and the names of all our sciences, such as biology, enology, and pathology.
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2015 10:36:31 AM
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I am currently reading a book that says that -- believe it or not -- there actually were apologists for the man who ruled Russia during World War II. No matter how many people he killed, his apologists found some reason to excuse him. To their credit, a few of those apologists eventually admitted their mistake. Even today, there are still some apologists for that Russian tyrant.
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Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2015 5:43:07 PM

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☁Kanji of the Day☁

GO, mamo(ru), hù

Jōyō Kanji : 5th Grade


Strokes 20-7-13

Frequency 570


❶ [original meaning] protect, safeguard, shield, defend

護衛 goei guard, escort

護憲 goken safeguarding the constitution

護送 gosō safeguard, convoy, escort

護身術 goshinjutsu art of self-defense

護符 gofu charm, amulet

守護 shugo protection, guard, defense, safeguard

保護する hogo suru protect, safeguard, preserve, look after

援護 engo support, protection; covering

弁護する bengo suru defend, speak in defense of (another)

弁護人 bengonin justifier, vindicator, apologist


擁護する yōgo suru protect, defend, support, safeguard

❷ used phonetically for go

護摩 goma homa, Buddhist rite of cedar-stick burning


【mamo(ru) 護る】 [now usu. 守る] protect, defend, guard, watch over

身お護る mi o mamoru defend oneself


❶ protect


SHU, SU, mamo(ru), mamao(ri), mori, -mori, kami, shŏu


EI, E, wèi


KEI, imashi(meru), jǐng


BŌ, fuse(ru), fáng


BAN, tsuga(i), fān, pān


HO, HŌ, tamo(tsu), bǎo


KAN, mi(ru), kàn, kān



Conférence “dada à Paris”, Tristan Tzara
Irma Crespo
Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2015 3:10:58 AM

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Noun 1. apologist - a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institutionapologist - a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution; "an apologist for capital punishment"
justifier, vindicator
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
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Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 4:08:35 PM

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We all, at times become apologists, weather we want to or not.
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