WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
a•pol•o•gist /əˈpɑlədʒɪst/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person who defends an idea, faith, cause, or institution.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
a•pol•o•gist  (ə polə jist),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person who makes a defense in speech or writing of a belief, idea, etc.
Eccles. Also, a•pol•o•gete (ə polə jēt′).USA pronunciation a person skilled in apologetics. one of the authors of the early Christian apologies in defense of the faith.
  • French apologiste
  • apolog(y) + -ist or 1630–40

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

apologist /əˈpɒlədʒɪst/ n
  1. a person who offers a defence by argument

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