Simple Definition of apotheosis
: the perfect form or example of something
: the highest or best part of something
Examples of apotheosis in a sentence
<the apotheosis of the picaresque novel>
Did You Know?
Among the ancient Greeks, it was sometimes thought fitting - or simply handy, say if you wanted a god somewhere in your bloodline - to grant someone or other god status. So they created the word apotheosis, meaning "making into a god." (The prefix apo- can mean simply "quite" or "completely," and "theos" is the Greek word for "god.") There's not a lot of Greek-style apotheosizing in the 21st century, but there is hero-worship. Our extended use of "apotheosis" as "elevation to divine status" is the equivalent of "placement on a very high pedestal." Even more common these days is to use "apotheosis" in reference to a perfect example or ultimate form. For example, one might describe a movie as "the apotheosis of the sci-fi movie genre."
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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