Definition of apotheosis
1a : the perfect form or example of something : quintessence <the apotheosis of Hollywood glamour> < … Nelson Rockefeller, the other top contender and the apotheosis of liberal Republicanism. — Sam Tanenhaus>b : the highest or best part of something : peak <The city reaches its apotheosis at the holiday … — David Leavin>
2 : elevation to divine status : deification <the apotheosis of Roman emperors>
apotheosizeplay \ˌa-pə-ˈthē-ə-ˌsīz, ə-ˈpä-thē-ə-\ transitive verb
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 and Etymology of apotheosis
Late Latin, from Greek apotheōsis, from apotheoun to deify, from apo- + theos god
First Known Use: circa 1580
APOTHEOSIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of apotheosis for English Language Learners
: the perfect form or example of something
: the highest or best part of something
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