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apologetics

Definition:

a branch of theology that is concerned with the defense of Christian doctrines

Class:

cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)

Plural:

apologetics*
(* apologetics may be used in a singular or plural context)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Late Latin apologia, from Ancient Greek ἀπολογία (apologia, "a speech in...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Apologetics

the discipline of defending a position through the systematic use of information. Early Christian writers who defended their faith against critics and recommended their faith to outsiders were called apologists. The term apologetics etymologically... (34 of 2734 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Apologetics

Britannica Encyclopedia:

apologetics [Christianity]

in Christianity, the intellectual defense of the truth of the Christian religion, usually considered a branch of theology. In Protestant usage, ... (21 of 690 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/30078​/apologetics

Collins Dictionary:

apologetics

the branch of theology concerned with the defence and rational justification of Christianity | a defensive method of argument (18 of 340 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/apologetics

Oxford Dictionary:

apologetics [singular, plural]

reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine (14 of 50 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/apologetics

apologetics

Syllabification: (a·pol·o·get·ics) | [singular, plural] | reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or ... (16 of 45 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/apologetics

Merriam-Webster:

apologetics [singular/plural]

systematic argumentative discourse in defense (as of a doctrine) | a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of ... (24 of 46 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/apologetics

American Heritage Dictionary:

apologetics

The branch of theology that is concerned with defending or proving the truth of Christian doctrines. | Formal argumentation in defense of something, ... (22 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apologetics

Random House Dictionary:

apologetics [singular]

the branch of theology concerned with the defense or proof of Christianity. (12 of 22 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/apologetics

New World Dictionary:

apologetics

the branch of theology having to do with the defense and proofs of Christianity (14 of 19 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apologetics

Wiktionary:

apologetics

The field of study concerned with the systematic defense of a position, or of religious or occult doctrines (18 of 19 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/apologetics

Columbia Encyclopedia:

theology

in Christianity, the systematic study of the nature of God and God's relationship with humanity and with the world. Although other religions may be ... (24 of 612 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0848415​.html

Macmillan British Dictionary:

theology | theologies [plural]

[uncountable] the study of God and religion | [countable/uncountable] a set of religious beliefs (13 of 44 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/theology

Cambridge Dictionary:

theology

the study of religion and religious belief | a set of beliefs about a particular religion (15 of 24 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/theology

Encarta Dictionary:

apologetics [singular]

a branch of theology that is concerned with proving the truth of Christianity (13 of 32 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586251​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

apologetics

Origin: Late Latin apologia, from Ancient Greek ἀπολογία (apologia, "a speech in defense"), from ἀπολογοῦμαι (apologoumai, "I speak in one's defense"), from ἀπόλογος (apologos,... (23 of 36 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/apologetics

New World Dictionary:

apologetics

Origin: French apologétique from ecclesiastical Late Latin apologeticus from Greek apologētikos, suitable for defense from apologeisthai: see "apology"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apologetics

Oxford Dictionary:

apologetics [singular, plural]

First use: mid 18th century

Origin: "apologetic"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/apologetics

apologetic

Origin: late Middle English (as a noun denoting a formal justification): from French apologétique or late Latin apologeticus, from Greek ... (19 of 40 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/apologetic

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

apologetics

Audio: British English pronunciation of "apologetics"

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the Free Dictionary:

apologetics

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "apologetics"

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Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "apologetics" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

apologetics

Audio: English pronunciation of "apologetics"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

apologetics

Audio: North American pronunciation of "apologetics"

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YourDictionary Audio:

apologetics

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "apologetics" by speech synthesizer

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