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apotheosis

noun apo·the·o·sis \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

1
:  elevation to divine status :  deification
2
:  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>

Origin of APOTHEOSIS

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

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