expiatory, retracting, supplicating, self-incriminating, someone will live to regret something, conscience-stricken, self-deprecating, propitiatory, sorry, defensive, guilty, expressing regret, regretfully acknowledging, explanatory, justificative, rueful, compunctious, self-reproachful, penitential, conciliatory, extenuating, regret, justificatory, excusatory, self-condemnatory
humble (part of speech: adjective)
penitent (part of speech: adjective)
- " It's me," said an apologetic voice. - "The Crimson Sweater", Ralph Henry Barbour.
- But briefly, quickly, and with a sort of affectionate and apologetic impatience, Cherry refused to discuss him. - "Sisters", Kathleen Norris.
- Challoner made her an apologetic bow. - "Blake's Burden", Harold Bindloss.