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

Examples of deification in a Sentence

the instant deification by the press of the country's newest war hero
Recent Examples on the Web Palisade all art forms; monitor, discredit, or expel those that challenge or destabilize processes of demonization and deification. Zadie Smith, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2022 But rather than coast on that deification, the California rapper (whose real name is Thebe Kgositsile) has spent his career defying expectations. Stephen Kearse, Rolling Stone, 14 Jan. 2022 By the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, white men colonizing other parts of the world were hardly surprised anymore to encounter similar instances of mistaken deification. Fara Dabhoiwala, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 This contrasts with today’s deification of black criminals. Armond White, National Review, 12 Nov. 2021 In this new order, Subin argues, deification would become, at best, heretical and, at worst, nonsensical. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 By this light, the president’s deification is not the strange mania of easy marks, keen to be hoodwinked by a trashy gratifying huckster. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, 6 Dec. 2021 But deification can be a form of violence — and heroism can be as isolating and dehumanizing as the trauma of racial violence. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 As with the deification of Biggie and 2Pac, Hussle’s death will inevitably produce multiple gospels. Jeff Weiss, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2021 See More

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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. 2022.

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