to deify; glorify.
The Devas sprung from the Pitris, because it was usual to apotheosize the dead.
India: What can it teach us? F. Max Mller
to glorify or idealize
1760; see apotheosis + -ize. Related: Apotheosized; apotheosizing. Earlier in same sense was apotheose (1670s).
n. 1811, from Greek apothesis “a laying up in store; a putting aside,” noun of action from apotithenai “to lay aside,” from apo- “off, away” (see apo-) + tithenai (see theme).
intended to ward off evil. Historical Examples But the term “apotropaic” is generally used of expulsive ceremonies in which a whole community takes part. Introduction to the History of Religions Crawford Howell Toy adjective preventing or intended to prevent evil adj. 1883, with -ic + Greek apotropaios “averting evil,” from apotrepein “to turn away, avert,” […]
the use of magic and ritualistic ceremony to anticipate and prevent evil.
preposition, adverb This profession keeps constant and secret watch apoun the vocabulary of others.