Meaning of non-apology in English:


(also non-apology apology)

Pronunciation /ˌnɒnəˈpɒlədʒi/

nounnon-apologies, non-apology apologies

  • A statement that takes the form of an apology but does not constitute an acknowledgement of responsibility or regret for what has caused offence or upset.

    ‘he issued a non-apology hinting that the reader was at fault’
    • ‘what we have here is a variant on the classic non-apology: sorry if we upset you’
    • ‘he responded with a non-apology apology, tweeting “sorry I didn't bow down to you”’