apologeticness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

apologetic +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

apologeticness ‎(uncountable)

  1. The quality of being apologetic.
    • 1930, William Babington Maxwell, To what green altar?
      The landlady asked with plaintive apologeticness if they could make a shade less noise. The hour was late. Some guests on the upper floor suffered from insomnia.
    • 1993, James A. Fujii, Complicit Fictions: The Subject in the Modern Japanese Prose Narrative (page 93)
      The apologeticness of his public confession that he is a burakumin can be seen in his decision to leave his job and home and flee to Texas rather than to carry on the path charted by the activist Inoko, for example.