Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of deifying.
  • noun The condition of being deified.
  • noun One that embodies the qualities of a god.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of deifying; the state of being raised to the rank of a deity; a deified embodiment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of deifying; exaltation to divine honors; apotheosis; excessive praise.

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  • noun The act of deifying; exaltation to divine honors; apotheosis; excessive praise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)
  • noun the condition of being treated like a god
  • noun an embodiment of the qualities of a god

Etymologies

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French déification

Examples

  • Mandela said a week ago when he addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations, that we must fight against and defeat what he described as the deification of arms, the seemingly entrenched view that to kill another person is a natural way of advancing one's cause or an obviously correct manner by which to resolve disputes.

    Statement by Deputy President Mbeki at the African Renaissance Conference

  • Mandela said a week ago when he addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations, that we must fight against and defeat what he described as the deification of arms, the seemingly entrenched view that to kill another person is a natural way of advancing one's cause or an obviously correct manner by which to resolve disputes.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • I'm convinced that the doctrine of theosis/deification is a necessary and invaluable point of ecumenical discussion and consideration, and the more that Catholics learn about it, the better.

    Pentecost in the East

  • I'm convinced that the doctrine of theosis/deification is a necessary and invaluable point of ecumenical discussion and consideration, and the more that Catholics learn about it, the better.

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

  • I'm convinced that the doctrine of theosis/deification is a necessary and invaluable point of ecumenical discussion and consideration, and the more that Catholics learn about it, the better.

    Ecumenism

  • For orthodox Christianity there is not an identity between the spark and God. union of the human spirit with God takes place -- union so complete that the word deification is applied to it; but it is not the union of identical substances.

    The Perennial Philosophy

  • John O'Keeffe's Omai, or A Trip round the World, which gave currency to the idea of Cook's deification, is another crucial model.

    Notes, "Savage Boundaries", Obi

  • For when we speak about the flesh, we use the terms deification and assumption of the Word and exceeding exaltation and anointing.

    NPNF2-09. Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus

  • Entheogens (whose name means in Greek "deification from within") are substances scientifically classified as psychotropic herbs.

    RIA Novosti

  • Finally, there is also the fact that this language of divine sonship—or theosis, also known as deification—is found through the entire Catechism.

    Archive 2009-01-11

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  • Fortunately, powerlifters, as a group, are least influenced by the pop

    fitness culture's deification of relaxed stretching, high carb/low fat/low protein diet, and other stupid ideas.

    December 30, 2010