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Definition: the reply to an apology

Pronunciation: an-ta-PO-lo-gy


The word apology stems from the Latin apologia and means a speech in defense or to speak in one’s defense; this, in turn, stems from apologos– an account story- with apo being ‘from, off’ and logos being speech.

The prefix ant  is a Greek prefix as well, meaning ‘opposed to’ (unlike ‘anti’ meaning against).

Why this word?

I use the word sorry all the time. I use it so much that the apologetic sense it’s supposed to have is by now long gone; I’m sure that so do you. Our daily lives are full with hurtful sayings and deeds, whether we like it or not- we thinks less and less of what exists our lips and how it may affect others around us. Not having the full intent behind ‘sorry’, we also don’t seem to care that much for “it’s okay, you didn’t mean it” or “don’t worry, you didn’t say it on purpose”.  These sentences are antapologies that are disregarded simply as we don’t know they exist.

If we acknowledge antapologies, we just might start thinking about all these “sorrys” we burst out all the time. Then, we just might attend to the changes needed for us to stop being so damn hurtful.

How to use the word antapology in a sentence?

“Her antapology to me made me realize how much my words really did affect her”

“I don’t need your antapologies anymore than you need my apologies”.


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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