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We’ve all experienced a fake apology, when the person apologizing doesn’t sound genuine when they say, “I’m sorry.”

Urban Dictionary even has a word for it, a “fepeology” and the definition is to “to give someone a fake apology just to shut them up.”

When you receive a fake apology the person is basically expressing that they don’t feel any remorse for their shitty actions towards you. They are insinuating that you’re being hypersensitive or even irrational. It doesn’t say much about you, but it does say a lot about the other person.

If you have had enough, here are a few sarcastic comebacks that you might find useful if you’re not in the mood for their baloney.

Let us know what you think its the best answer in the comments below.

10 clever replies to a fake apology

1. Ok, I really do appreciate your apology, but actions speak louder than words.

2. I hear your words, but let’s focus on improving the way we interact together.

3. I’ll let it slide this time, but next time, I expect a marching band apology.

4. Apology accepted, but I hope we can avoid similar situations in the future.

5. I just want you to know that I accept the apology that you haven’t given.

6. OK, but I think your drama is largely self created.

7. I appreciate your apology. Let’s aim for a more positive interaction moving forward.

8. I appreciate your apology. Let’s focus on moving forward positively.

9. I understand, and I’m open to discussing how we can prevent similar situations in the future.

10. Apology noted, but actions will speak louder than words.

what is a fake apology?

A fake apology is an insincere expression of regret or remorse. It often lacks genuine acknowledgment of wrongdoing and may be used to manipulate or deceive others without a true intention to change behavior or make amends.

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How to deal with a fake apology

Dealing with a fake apology can be definitely be a challenge, but there are a few steps you can take to address the situation. The first step is to determine if it was a sincere apology. Do you feel that the person has genuine remorse for their actions? If you feel that the apologize is insincere, you can communicate how you feel.

If the apology is insincere, it may change the dynamic of your relationship going forward and you may want to put some boundaries in place. Let the person know what you need to rebuild trust and address any issues to prevent the same thing happening in the future.

Evaluate the relationship to determine if this is a person you want to invest any more energy into if they are giving fake apologies. Does this person meet your standards as a friend? Does the individual have patterns for behaviour own their other relationships?

You deserve to have quality people in your life who treat you with respect.

Jenna was tired of her cousin’s fake apologies

Jenna had always been patient and forgiving, but her cousin’s repeated insincere apologies were starting to wear her down. Every time her cousin made a mistake or behaved poorly, she would offer a half-hearted apology that never seemed genuine. Jenna’s breaking point came during a family gathering when her cousin once again caused a scene and then casually said, “Sorry, I didn’t mean it.”

Frustrated and tired of the same old routine, Jenna decided to confront her cousin. “I appreciate your apology, but it’s becoming difficult to believe that you’re truly sorry when the same behavior keeps happening,” she said firmly. Her cousin looked surprised, not used to Jenna speaking up.

As the family looked on, Jenna explained how the repeated apologies without any effort to change were causing strain on their relationship. Her cousin was taken aback but eventually realized the impact of her actions. After a heartfelt conversation, Jenna’s cousin promised to make a genuine effort to improve her behavior and to show her remorse through actions, not just words.

From that day forward, Jenna noticed a positive change in her cousin’s behavior. The insincere apologies were replaced with genuine efforts to make amends and avoid repeating the same mistakes. Their relationship improved, and Jenna was relieved to see that her cousin had finally understood the importance of sincerity and accountability.

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  1. Honey, please remember: Nothing says ‘I’m Sorry!’ better than a new Coach handbag.HA HA HA

  2. try this one~”I’m sorry” really ok so throw a glass on the floor it shatters tell it sorry, is it fixed?? Exactly so sry don’t fix anything

  3. i say “your sorry is as bad as the way you treat the people you call “friends” imma except this apologie when you actually mean it”.

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