Is it related with the size of the wrong I did it or with the respect of the person or something else?

I made some researches and I found that :

  • An apology is a formal admission of a wrongdoing. It may or may not be heartfelt .

  • "I am sorry" is usually seen as being a truer admission of regret.

But I did not understand a truer admission of regret?

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    Both can be used interchangeably. But apology is more formal than the word sorry. – Boris Nov 30 '19 at 11:16
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    An apology can be a mere formality, like 'sending your apologies' for a business meeting (an official notification that you won't be there). If you have offended someone, "I apologise" and "I am sorry" mean the same thing, but some people think that "I am sorry" sounds more sincere. – Kate Bunting Nov 30 '19 at 14:01
  • As expected, I found a couple of written instances of I'm sorry, but I won't apologise. AND a couple of hits for I apologise but I'm not sorry. To apologise is to say you're sorry, even though you might not feel any regret. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Nov 30 '19 at 14:02
  • To say I am sorry does not imply any personal blame. I am sorry that your grandmother has died. To apologise does imply personal culpability or, at least, the culpability of a group that you represent or are associated with. – Ronald Sole Nov 30 '19 at 17:22

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