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[uh-poth-ee-oh-sis, ap-uh-thee-uh-sis] /əˌpɒθ iˈoʊ sɪs, ˌæp əˈθi ə sɪs/
noun, plural apotheoses
[uh-poth-ee-oh-seez, ap-uh-thee-uh-seez] /əˌpɒθ iˈoʊ siz, ˌæp əˈθi əˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god.
the ideal example; epitome; quintessence:
This poem is the apotheosis of lyric expression.
Origin of apotheosis
1570-80; < Late Latin < Greek. See apo-, theo-, -osis Unabridged
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  • Not blues, not hymnlike spiritual, no feeling of apotheosis — just jazz.
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  • He would be no ordinary king: he would be a savior king, the apotheosis of all kingly, godly qualities.
  • The catwalk fashion show with its incandescent hype is its apotheosis.
  • Survive your apotheosis into art, and you risk being sidelined by history.
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  • This movement recapitulation leads into the golden apotheosis.
  • The last gallery documents his apotheosis as artist to the rich and famous.
  • His brief life reached an apotheosis here.
British Dictionary definitions for apotheosis


noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
the elevation of a person to the rank of a god; deification
glorification of a person or thing
a glorified ideal
the best or greatest time or event: the apotheosis of De Niro's career
Word Origin
C17: via Late Latin from Greek: deification, from theos god
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Word Origin and History for apotheosis

1600s, from Late Latin apotheosis "deification," from Greek apotheosis, from apotheoun "deify, make (someone) a god," from apo- special use of this prefix, meaning, here, "change" + theos "god" (see Thea).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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