apotheosis

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

Definition of apotheosis

plural

apotheoses

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  1. 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. 2 :  elevation to divine status :  deification the apotheosis of Roman emperors

apotheosize

play \ˌa-pə-ˈthē-ə-ˌsīz, ə-ˈpä-thē-ə-\ transitive verb

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Examples of apotheosis in a Sentence

  1. 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

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APOTHEOSIS Defined for English Language Learners

apotheosis

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

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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