Etymology
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apologist (n.)

"one who speaks or write in defense of something," especially "a defender of Christianity," 1630s, from French apologiste, from apologie, from Late Latin apologia "a speech in defense" (see apology).

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Definitions of apologist

apologist (n.)
a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution;
an apologist for capital punishment
Synonyms: vindicator / justifier
From wordnet.princeton.edu