2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Apotheosis \Ap'o*the"o*sis\ ([a^]p'[-o]*th[=e]"[-o]*s[i^]s; 277), noun pl. {Apotheoses} ([a^]p'[-o]*th[=e]"[-o]*s[=e]z). [L., fr. Gr. 'apoqe'wsis, fr. 'apoqewy^n to deify; 'apo' from + qewy^n to deify, qeo's a god.]

1. The act of elevating a mortal to the rank of, and placing him among, "the gods;" deification.

2. Glorification; exaltation. "The apotheosis of chivalry." --Prescott. "The noisy apotheosis of liberty and machinery." --F. Harrison.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal [syn: {ideal}, {paragon}, {nonpareil}, {saint}, {apotheosis}, {nonesuch}, {nonsuch}]

2: the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god) [syn: {deification}, {exaltation}, {apotheosis}]

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