Etymology
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apologetics (n.)

"branch of theology which defends Christian belief," 1733, from apologetic (which is attested from early 15c. as a noun meaning "formal defense"); also see -ics.

updated on January 29, 2017

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Definitions of apologetics from WordNet

apologetics (n.)
the branch of theology that is concerned with the defense of Christian doctrines;
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