de·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ˌdē-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən, 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

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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 The part also, of course, entailed the depiction of Koresh's automaniacal self-deification, statutory rape, and the on-camera firefight between his parishioners and the FBI. Anna Peele, GQ, "Taylor Kitsch Forever," 25 Jan. 2018 Sure, this kind of pop-culture deification can lack nuance, but so does tabloid vilification — it’s the pendulum swinging the other way, a necessary overcorrection to decades of the same old misogynist stories. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Tonya Harding, Monica Lewinsky and the Redemption of the ’90s Tabloid ‘Villainess’," 14 Dec. 2017 There was no altruism here, and no reflexive deification is necessary. Damon Young, GQ, "Thanking Black People Is Good, Being Better White People Is Better," 14 Dec. 2017 The Goonies also truffle-shuffled its way into the registry, capping off a banner year for Sean Astin, who recently popped up in 80s deification project Stranger Things. Yohana Desta, HWD, "Titanic Makes the National Film Registry, Just in Time for Its 20th Anniversary," 13 Dec. 2017 Bhumibol’s near deification, critics say, has in part been driven by royalist propaganda and buttressed by strict laws outlawing insults to the monarchy. Washington Post, "King’s legacy still felt strongly as Thailand bids goodbye," 22 Oct. 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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