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 Tanenhausb : 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
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Examples of apotheosis in a Sentence
the apotheosis of the picaresque novel
Recent Examples of apotheosis from the Web
The author herself seems to know that there are more enduring means of mythmaking than the apotheosis of teenage boys.
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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 1580See Words from the same year
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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