de·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌdē-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce deification (audio)
: 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 Whether a dead emperor was made a god depended not so much on his worthiness as on how useful his deification was to the man who came after him. Mary Beard, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 The deification of emperors was fairly standard practice at the time, and the spoof claimed to lift the lid on what really happened during the process. Mary Beard, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 Bookstores still held their ground here among the shopfronts, and the deification of French writers living and dead was evinced everywhere in street names and statues and advertising hoardings for new novels. Rachel Cusk, New York Times, 2 May 2023 Our work points to a biological explanation for the deification of the species. Nathaniel J. Dominy, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2021 There’s a deification of this absence. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2023 So there's a whole issue here around public understanding of both science and politics, about the management of public expectations, about how rapid the flow from hero to zero can be—the vast deification of politicians post-election or in times of crisis. Matt Simon, Wired, 1 June 2020 After a young linebacker named Todd Hodne was arrested for rape in 1978, head coach Joe Paterno kicked him off the team; yet, Hodne would go on to strike again and again, enabled in part by the culture of deification that surrounded the Nittany Lions. Longreads, 6 Dec. 2022 Misery Starring Kathy Bates as the deluded Annie Wilkes and James Caan as famed novelist Paul Sheldon, is a stark commentary on the deification of celebrity and the destructive nature of obsession. Men's Health, 17 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deification was in the 14th century

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“Deification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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