[uh-poth-ee-oh-sis, ap-uh-thee-uh-sis]
noun, plural apotheoses [uh-poth-ee-oh-seez, ap-uh-thee-uh-seez] .
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.

1570–80; < Late Latin < Greek. See apo-, theo-, -osis

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apotheosis (əˌpɒθɪˈəʊsɪs)
n , pl -ses
1.  the elevation of a person to the rank of a god; deification
2.  glorification of a person or thing
3.  a glorified ideal
4.  the best or greatest time or event: the apotheosis of De Niro's career
[C17: via Late Latin from Greek: deification, from theos god]

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Word Origin & History

1600s, from L.L. apotheosis "deification," from Gk. apotheosis, from apotheoun "deify, make (someone) a god," from apo- special use of this prefix, meaning, here, "change" + theos "god" (see Thea). Verb apotheosize is attested from 1760.
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Example sentences
Not blues, not hymnlike spiritual, no feeling of apotheosis — just jazz.
His apotheosis, it now seems, has led only to agony.
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.
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