apotheosis[ə pät̸h′ē ō′sis, ap′ə t̸hē′ə sis]
- Apotheosis is defined as an archetype or perfect example of something.
An example of an apotheosis is when a song epitomizes how you feel.
- The definition of an apotheosis is a promotion of someone to the level of a deity.
An example of an apotheosis is a cult leader.
- the act of raising a person to the status of a god; deification
- the glorification of a person or thing
- a glorified ideal
Origin of apotheosisEcclesiastical Late Latin ; from Classical Greek apotheōsis ; from apotheoun, to deify ; from apo-, from + theos, god: see theo-
- Exaltation to divine rank or stature; deification.
- Elevation to a preeminent or transcendent position; glorification: “tried to attribute Warhol's current apotheosis to the subversive power of artistic vision” (Michiko Kakutani).
- An exalted or glorified example: Their leader was the apotheosis of courage.
Origin of apotheosisLate Latin apotheōsis, from Greek, from apotheoun, to deify : apo-, change; see apo– + theos, god; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots.
- The fact or action of becoming or making into a god; deification.
- Glorification, exaltation; crediting someone or something with extraordinary power or status.
- The turn of the century saw the apotheosis of digital technology.
- A glorified example or ideal; the apex or pinnacle (of a concept or belief).
- 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).
- The apotheosis of her career was her appointment as chairman.
- Loosely, release from earthly life, ascension to heaven; death.
- (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.
From Ancient Greek ἀποθέωσις (apotheōsis), from verb ἀποθεόω (apotheoō, “deify”) (factitive verb formed from θεός (theos, “God”) with intensive prefix ἀπο- (apo-)).