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apology

noun [C]  /əˈpɑl·ə·dʒi/ us  
an act of saying that you are sorry: I have an apology to make to you – I opened your letter by mistake. He owes me an apology (= He should say he is sorry). My apologies (= I am sorry) for not writing you sooner.
Translations of “apology”
in Korean 사과…
in Arabic اعْتِذار…
in Portuguese desculpas…
in Catalan disculpa…
in Japanese 謝罪, 陳謝…
in Italian scusa, scuse…
in Chinese (Traditional) 道歉, 認錯, 謝罪…
in Russian извинение…
in Turkish özür, pişmanlık bildiren söz veya yazı…
in Chinese (Simplified) 道歉, 认错, 谢罪…
in Polish przeprosiny…
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