apologia

a literary defense of a person or situation, also an explanation or detailed accounting of an event or belief.
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Apologia

Apologia is a form of practiced rhetoric used in self-defense and as the vindication of a person, and of a course of action. The apologia is a persuasive rhetorical device common to politics and to public relations, and is an analytical term in genre criticism. An apologia entails the speaker publicly expressing remorse for wrong-doing; likewise, ...
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