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

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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 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

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First Known Use of deification

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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