noun \ə-ˌpä-thē-ˈō-səs, ˌa-pə-ˈthē-ə-səs\

: the perfect form or example of something

: the highest or best part of something

plural apo·the·o·ses\-ˌsēz\

Full Definition of APOTHEOSIS

:  elevation to divine status :  deification
:  the perfect example :  quintessence <this is the literary apotheosis of the shaggy dog story — Thomas Sutcliffe>
apo·the·o·size \ˌa-pə-ˈthē-ə-ˌsīz, ə-ˈpä-thē-ə-\ transitive verb

Examples of APOTHEOSIS

  1. <the apotheosis of the picaresque novel>


Late Latin, from Greek apotheōsis, from apotheoun to deify, from apo- + theos god
First Known Use: circa 1580

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Elevation to the status of a god. The term recognizes that some individuals cross the dividing line between human and divine. Ancient Greek religion was disposed to belief in heroes and demigods, and historical figures were sometimes worshiped as gods. Until the end of the republic the Romans accepted only one apotheosis, identifying the god Quirinus with Romulus. The emperor Augustus ordered Julius Caesar recognized as a god and thus began a tradition of deifying emperors.


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