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[uh-poth-ee-uh-sahyz, ap-uh-thee-uh-sahyz]
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verb (used with object), a·poth·e·o·sized, a·poth·e·o·siz·ing.
  1. to deify; glorify.
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Origin of apotheosize

First recorded in 1750–60; apotheos(is) + -ize
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  • The Devas sprung from the Pitris, because it was usual to apotheosize the dead.

    India: What can it teach us?

    F. Max Mller

British Dictionary definitions for apotheosize



verb (tr)
  1. to deify
  2. to glorify or idealize
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Word Origin and History for apotheosize


1760; see apotheosis + -ize. Related: Apotheosized; apotheosizing. Earlier in same sense was apotheose (1670s).

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