de·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌdē-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce deification (audio) , ˌdā- \

Definition of deification

: the act or an instance of deifying

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the instant deification by the press of the country's newest war hero
Recent Examples on the Web Wallace, Moore, Connor — their intentions were never pure but only for their self-deification, and their names are now shorthand for racists, charlatans and villains. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Alabamafication of America: Homecoming," 13 Nov. 2019 American business took a turn toward the mystical at around the same time, in part because of the rise of Silicon Valley, with its deification of the visionary founder, embodied by Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg. Carina Chocano, The New Yorker, "Suzy Batiz’s Empire of Odor," 28 Oct. 2019 The mountain is an important propaganda piece for North Korea, as the Kim dynasty has absorbed its mythology into the family's own lore and deification. Julia Hollingsworth And Yoonjung Seo, CNN, "North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a white horse on snowy, symbolic mountain," 15 Oct. 2019 How many of us could realize that all the pomp, the noise and the deification was merely a small and fleeting slice of life? Conor Orr,, "Andrew Luck Stuns the Football World, Walks Away at Age 29," 24 Aug. 2019 But the deification of Kim Jong-un has not yet reached that level. New York Times, "Kim Jong-un Pans Mass Games, and the Spectacle Is Suspended," 5 June 2019 This would become the basis for his posthumous deification (and an endless parade of imitations), making him a god among writers. Nell Casey, Town & Country, "Surviving Hemingway," 7 Aug. 2013 Just saying Musk’s name in tech, investing, or economic circles evokes a idolization bordering on techno-deification. Nick Bilton, The Hive, "“Untethered from Reality”: Is Elon Musk Having His Kanye West Moment?," 11 May 2018 This post-facto deification often ignores her less-than-generous treatment of the Roman Catholic woman who also had a reasonable claim on the throne of England. Chris Jones,, "'Mary Stuart': It's a mite bit chilly out on Navy Pier for this stare-down between queens," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of deification

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Deification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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