Definition of apotheosis in English:


Syllabification: a·poth·e·o·sis
Pronunciation: /əˌpäTHēˈōsəs

noun (plural apotheoses /-ˌsēz/)

[usually in singular]
1The highest point in the development of something; culmination or climax: his appearance as Hamlet was the apotheosis of his career
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  • ‘It was certainly the most satisfying moment of my life,’ he said later, the apotheosis of a career which had many highs and indelible lows.
  • I have long sung his praises but his work on this play, a work he admits in a programme note is close to his heart, must rank as the apotheosis of his career so far, though I have to say I tremble as to what he will present us with next year.
  • William Blake's engravings at the end of his career are the apotheosis of engraving as a creative linear technique.
1.1The elevation of someone to divine status; deification.
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  • More important, allegory was deemed the best vehicle for representing apotheosis, the painter's access to immortal status, an idea integral to the project from the start.
  • If density is the soul of the city, this is its spiritual or, better, commercial apotheosis.
  • His famous objection to the apotheosis of the bald eagle as the new nation's symbol is characteristic.


late 16th century: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek apotheōsis, from apotheoun 'make a god of', from apo 'from' + theos 'god'.

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