deification

noun
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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Examples of deification in a Sentence

the instant deification by the press of the country's newest war hero
Recent Examples on the Web As with the deification of Biggie and 2Pac, Hussle’s death will inevitably produce multiple gospels. Jeff Weiss, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Nipsey Hussle, the late canonical South L.A. rapper, gets his first biography," 23 Mar. 2021 Or the Saints, who zoom into Week 10 with a five-game winning streak, a 35-point prime-time beatdown of Tom Brady, and this week’s media deification as — wait for it — THE BEST TEAM IN THE NFC! Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Saints are latest best team in the NFC but probably not the last," 14 Nov. 2020 And then how quickly deification can turn into demonization. Matt Simon, Wired, "An Onslaught of Crises Has Created a Modern Paradox," 1 June 2020 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, SI.com, "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

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First Known Use of deification

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Deification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deification. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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