[ uh-poth-ee-oh-sis, ap-uh-thee-uh-sis ]
/ əˌpɒθ iˈoʊ sɪs, ˌæp əˈθi ə sɪs /

noun, plural a·poth·e·o·ses [uh-poth-ee-oh-seez, ap-uh-thee-uh-seez] /əˌpɒθ iˈoʊ siz, ˌæp əˈθi əˌsiz/.

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.

Nearby words

  1. apothecary,
  2. apothecary jar,
  3. apothecium,
  4. apothegm,
  5. apothem,
  6. apotheosize,
  7. apothesis,
  8. apotropaic,
  9. apotropaism,
  10. app

Origin of apotheosis

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

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/ (əˌpɒθɪˈəʊsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)

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 for apotheosis

C17: via Late Latin from Greek: deification, from theos god

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