What does Fauxpology mean?

Fauxpology is a slang term for a Fake apology

Have you ever received an apology that felt fake or insincere? This is often referred to as a Fauxpology. It’s generally offered by someone who doesn’t truly believe they’ve done anything wrong, but feels obligated to say they’re sorry.

These kind of apologies, or ‘Fauxpologies’, often come with a twist. The person apologizing might blame the other person for feeling offended, or may try to shift the conversation to something else. It’s a deflection tactic that avoids taking full responsibility for their actions.

Fauxpologies are commonly seen from public figures such as movie stars, sports personalities, or political leaders. When they find themselves at the center of a controversy, they might offer a Fauxpology. However, these apologies are usually more about managing their public image, rather than expressing genuine regret.

It’s worth noting that the term ‘Fauxpology’ is pretty similar to ‘nonpology’. Both describe insincere apologies, but a Fauxpology is more about appearing to apologize without accepting blame, while a nonpology outright avoids saying sorry.

Example for using ‘Fauxpology’ in a conversation

Hey, did you hear about that politician who got caught in a scandal?

Yeah, I saw the news. Did they apologize?

Well, kind of. They gave a fauxpology, you know, a fake apology.

Ugh, I hate when people do that. It’s so insincere.