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apotheosis

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

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.

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Origin of apotheosis

1570–80; <Late Latin <Greek. See apo-, theo-, -osis
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British Dictionary definitions for apotheosis

apotheosis
/ (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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