- 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
Examples from the Web for apotheosis
That transformation of the brand seems now to have its apotheosis in the arrival of the Tour de France.
Dance is a vehicle for personal expression, community storytelling, and the apotheosis of ceremony.Challenging Religious Tradition for the Love of God — and the Love of Dance
June 16, 2014
If life has such a thing as an apotheosis, it surely involves truffled capon.The Queen of the French Kitchen
March 26, 2014
Over the course of these novels, the style becomes increasingly parsimonious, reaching its apotheosis in The Golden Bowl.Henry James’s 1904 Sordid Little Sex Farce
January 30, 2014
These triumphs were seen as the apotheosis of human enterprise and might.The 2013 Novel of the Year Is…
December 30, 2013
The little green serge curtain was then closed on this apotheosis.My Double Life
He pronounced the panegyric of Robespierre, and the apotheosis of Marat.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
The old town of Cherbourg was experiencing its semi-weekly apotheosis.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
It is difficult to trace the origin of this new theology, the apotheosis of the Dog.
The apotheosis of these powers led to the conception of the first deity.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
- 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 eventthe apotheosis of De Niro's career
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).