deify

[dee-uh-fahy]
verb (used with object), deified, deifying.
1.
to make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity; personify as a deity: to deify a beloved king.
2.
to adore or regard as a deity: to deify wealth.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English deifien < Old French deifier < Late Latin deificāre. See deification, -ify

deifier, noun
half-deified, adjective
hyperdeify, verb (used with object), hyperdeified, hyperdeifying.
self-deifying, adjective
undeified, adjective
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deify (ˈdiːɪˌfaɪ, ˈdeɪɪ-)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to exalt to the position of a god or personify as a god
2.  to accord divine honour or worship to
3.  to exalt in an extreme way; idealize
 
[C14: from Old French deifier, from Late Latin deificāre, from Latin deus god + facere to make]
 
'deifier
 
n

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deify
mid-14c., from O.Fr. deifier, from L.L. deificare, from deificus "making godlike," from L. deus "god" (see Zeus) + facere "to make, do" (see factitious).
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Example sentences
It is inexcusable in honest people to deify mere success without regard to the qualities by which that success is achieved.
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