American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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. psychology 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of elevating a mortal to the rank of, and placing him among, “the gods;” deification.
- n. Glorification; exaltation.
- 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)
- From Ancient Greek ἀποθέωσις, from verb ἀποθεόω ("deify") (factitive verb formed from θεός ("God") with intensive prefix ἀπο-). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin apotheōsis, from Greek, from apotheoun, to deify : apo-, change; see apo- + theos, god. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Blagojevich is regularly described as the apotheosis of the shady Illinois politician -- a genus that rivals the Louisiana and Jersey City variety for chicanery.”
“In the classic world, the word apotheosis was given to the ceremony that conferred the condition of gods upon a nation's heroes.”
“But we speak now separately of human testimony, according to which — that which the Grecians call apotheosis, and the Latins relatio inter divos — was the supreme honour which man could attribute unto man, specially when it was given, not by a formal decree or act of state (as it was used among the Roman Emperors), but by an inward assent and belief.”
“After that comes what the Greeks would have termed apotheosis.”
“The flower-maidens 'chorus in _Parsifal_ might be called the apotheosis of Italian song.”
“Syndicalism is described as the apotheosis of proletarian autonomy.”
“The apologists also keep the idea of apotheosis secondary to that of a full knowledge of God,  but even after the great epoch when”
“Horrified and fascinated, I saw what might be called the apotheosis of Slippy McGee, so far above him was it, come back and subtly and awfully blend with my scientist.”
“Nightingale and Thrush, to tell of the glorious ascent (what the old and learned creatures of the earth would have called the apotheosis) of the Dewdrop on the rose-leaf; its severance into a million fragments; and how these, in the shape of a great army, had marched right within”
“But we speak now separately of human testimony, according to which -- that which the Grecians call apotheosis, and the Latins relatio inter divos -- was the supreme honour which man could attribute unto man, specially when it was given, not by a formal decree or act of state (as it was used among the Roman Emperors), but by an inward assent and belief.”
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