Apotheosis



the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god.
the ideal example; epitome; quintessence:
This poem is the apotheosis of lyric expression.
Contemporary Examples

Over the course of these novels, the style becomes increasingly parsimonious, reaching its apotheosis in The Golden Bowl.
Henry James’s 1904 Sordid Little Sex Farce Nathaniel Rich January 29, 2014

These triumphs were seen as the apotheosis of human enterprise and might.
The 2013 Novel of the Year Is… Nathaniel Rich December 29, 2013

That transformation of the brand seems now to have its apotheosis in the arrival of the Tour de France.
A British Start to the Tour de France Forces the English to Wonder: What Does Being English Mean Anymore? Clive Irving July 5, 2014

This kind of combat reached its apotheosis when the guest was an insurance swindler called Emile Savundra.
‘A Fiery Tribune’ Clive Irving August 31, 2013

The apotheosis of anyone is almost always false, and the apotheosis of a pretentious pol is also wicked.
Barack Obama’s Cairo Speech, and His Israel Problem Marty Peretz February 24, 2013

Historical Examples

They have reached the apotheosis of flowerhood—the highest destiny vouchsafed to aught that grows.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. July, 1878. Various

The old town of Cherbourg was experiencing its semi-weekly apotheosis.
The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson

Freehold Villas symbolized the final triumph of Victorian economics, the apotheosis of the prudent and industrious artisan.
Hilda Lessways Arnold Bennett

It is difficult to trace the origin of this new theology, the apotheosis of the Dog.
Lippincott’s Magazine, September, 1885 Various

What would they think of such a—such an apotheosis of degradation in one of your Music Halls at home, eh?
Punch Among the Planets Various

noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
the elevation of a person to the rank of a god; deification
glorification of a person or thing
a glorified ideal
the best or greatest time or event: the apotheosis of De Niro’s career
n.

1600s, from Late Latin apotheosis “deification,” from Greek apotheosis, from apotheoun “deify, make (someone) a god,” from apo- special use of this prefix, meaning, here, “change” + theos “god” (see Thea).

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