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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The branch of theology that is concerned with defending or proving the truth of Christian doctrines.
  • n. Formal argumentation in defense of something, such as a position or system.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The field of study concerned with the systematic defense of a position, or of religious or occult doctrines

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That branch of theology which defends the Holy Scriptures, and sets forth the evidence of their divine authority.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That branch of demonstrative or argumentative theology which is concerned with the grounds and defense of Christian belief and hope.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of theology that is concerned with the defense of Christian doctrines

Etymologies

From Late Latin apologia, from Ancient Greek ἀπολογία (apologia, "a speech in defense"), from ἀπολογοῦμαι (apologoumai, "I speak in one's defense"), from ἀπόλογος (apologos, "an account, story"), from ἀπό (apo, "from, off") (see apo-) + λόγος (logos, "speech"). (Wiktionary)

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