from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Exaltation to divine rank or stature; deification.
- n. Elevation to a preeminent or transcendent position; glorification: "Many observers have tried to attribute Warhol's current apotheosis to the subversive power of artistic vision” ( Michiko Kakutani).
- n. An exalted or glorified example: Their leader was the apotheosis of courage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The fact or action of becoming or making into a god; deification.
- n. Glorification, exaltation; crediting someone with extraordinary power or status.
- n. A glorified example or ideal; the apex or pinnacle (of a concept or belief).
- n. The best moment or highest point in the development of something, for example of a life or career; the apex, culmination, or climax (of a development).
- n. Loosely, release from earthly life, ascension to heaven; death.
- n. The latent entity that mediates between a person's psyche and their thoughts. The id, ego and superego in Freudian Psychology are examples of this.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. The act of elevating a mortal to the rank of, and placing him among, “the gods;” deification.
- n.pl. Glorification; exaltation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Deification; consecration; specifically, under the Roman empire, the formal attribution of divine honors to a deceased emperor or other member of the imperial family.
- n. . Figuratively, excessive honor paid to any great or distinguished person; the ascription of extraordinary virtues or superhuman qualities to a human being.
- n. The personification and undue exaltation of a virtue, a sentiment, or an idea.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
- n. the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)
Late Latin apotheōsis, from Greek, from apotheoun, to deify : apo-, change; see apo- + theos, god.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀποθέωσις, from verb ἀποθεόω ("deify") (factitive verb formed from θεός ("God") with intensive prefix ἀπο-). (Wiktionary)