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apotheosis

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noun apo·the·o·sis \ə-ˌpä-thē-ˈō-səs, ˌa-pə-ˈthē-ə-səs\

Simple Definition of apotheosis

  • : the perfect form or example of something

  • : the highest or best part of something

Full Definition of apotheosis

plural apo·the·o·sesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 :  elevation to divine status :  deification

  2. 2 :  the perfect example :  quintessence <this is the literary apotheosis of the shaggy dog story — Thomas Sutcliffe>

apo·the·o·size play \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

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