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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Definitions for apotheosis

  1. the ideal example; epitome; quintessence: This poem is the apotheosis of lyric expression.
  2. the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god.

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Citations for apotheosis
... his favorite phrase was "see it through"; he considered his novel about Frederick the Great to be the very apotheosis of this command, which he looked upon as the quintessence of the virtue that remains active in spite of suffering. Thomas Mann (1875–1955), Death in Venice, translated by Stanley Appelbaum, 1995
Little Ann had seemed the apotheosis of the feminine, the warmly helpful, the subtly supporting, the kind. Frances Hodgson Burnett, T. Tembarom, 1913
Origin of apotheosis
1570-1580
Apotheosis is a Late Latin and Greek word meaning "deification." It ultimately derives from the Greek combining form theós meaning “god.” It entered English in the late 1570s and later developed the sense "departure from this earthly life into heaven."