apologeomai: to give an account of oneself, hence to defend oneselfOriginal Word: ἀπολογέομαιPart of Speech:
I give a defense, defend myselfDefinition:
I give a defense, defend myself (especially in a law court): it can take an object of what is said in defense.
Cognate: 626 apologéomai – properly, to reason from solid proof (sound logic); to make a compelling defense with sound logic (argumentation). See 627 (apologia).
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
to give an account of oneself, hence to defend oneselfNASB Translation
defend (1), defending (2), make a defense (1), make...defense (3), said in...defense (1), saying in...defense (1), speak in...defense (1).
Thayer'sSTRONGS NT 626: ἀπολογέομαιἀπολογέομαι
; imperfect ἀπελογουμην
); 1 aorist ἀπελογησαμην
; 1 aorist passive infinitive ἀπολογηθῆναι
, in a reflexive sense (Luke 21:14
); a deponent middle verb (from λόγος
), properly, "to speak so as to absolve (ἀπό
) oneself, talk oneself
off" of a charge etc.;
1. to defend oneself, make one's defense: absolutely, Luke 21:14; Acts 26:1; followed by ὅτι, Acts 25:8; τί, to bring forward something in defense of oneself, Luke 12:11; Acts 26:24 (often so in Greek writings also); τά περί ἐμαυτοῦ ἀπολογοῦμαι either I bring forward what contributes to my defense (?), or I plead my own cause (R. V. make my defense), Acts 24:10; περί with the genitive of the thing and ἐπί with the genitive of person, concerning a thing before one's tribunal, Acts 26:2; with the dative of the person whom by my defense I strive to convince that I am innocent or upright, to defend or justify myself in one's eyes (A. V. unto), Acts 19:33; 2 Corinthians 12:19 (Plato, Prot., p. 859 a.; often in Lucian, Plutarch; (cf. Buttmann, 172 (149))).
2. to defend a person or a thing (so not infrequent in secular authors): Romans 2:15 (where according to the context the deeds of men must be understood as defended); τά περί ἐμοῦ, Acts 26:2 (but see under 1).<1>
answer for oneself, make defense.
Middle voice from a compound of apo and logos; to give an account (legal plea) of oneself, i.e. Exculpate (self) -- answer (for self), make defence, excuse (self), speak for self.
see GREEK apo
see GREEK logos