Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Apology, originally, the defence made by anyone against an accusation; in this sense it is used by Plato in the "Apology of Socrates." Later, the term was used by Christian writers much in the same meaning, for a defence of Christianity against all opponents. Now, however, the word has quite a different meaning, and signifies admission of a fault, for which a slight humiliation is due.