[uh-poth-ee-oh-sis, ap-uh-thee-uh-sis]
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noun, plural a·poth·e·o·ses [uh-poth-ee-oh-seez, ap-uh-thee-uh-seez] /əˌpɒθ iˈoʊ siz, ˌæp əˈθi əˌsiz/.
  1. the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god.
  2. 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
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elevation, idolization, deification, immortalization

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noun plural -ses (-siːz)
  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 eventthe apotheosis of De Niro's career

Word Origin for apotheosis

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).

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