apotheosis

Definitions

  • Apotheosis of "Grip" the Raven. Drawn by D. Maclise, R.A
    Apotheosis of "Grip" the Raven. Drawn by D. Maclise, R.A
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n apotheosis the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)
    • n apotheosis model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apotheosis Glorification; exaltation. "The apotheosis of chivalry.""The noisy apotheosis of liberty and machinery."
    • Apotheosis The act of elevating a mortal to the rank of, and placing him among, “the gods;” deification.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apotheosis Deification; consecration; specifically, under the Roman empire, the formal attribution of divine honors to a deceased emperor or other member of the imperial family.
    • n apotheosis Figuratively, excessive honor paid to any great or distinguished person; the ascription of extraordinary virtues or superhuman qualities to a human being.
    • n apotheosis The personification and undue exaltation of a virtue, a sentiment, or an idea.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apotheosis a-po-thē′o-sis or a-po-the-ō′sis deification, esp. the formal attribution of divine honours to a deceased Roman emperor, or special object of the imperial favour—a logical corollary to the worship of ancestors, degenerating naturally by anticipation into the adoration of the living: the glorification of a principle or person: ascension to glory, release from earthly life: resurrection
    • n Apotheosis a-po-thē′o-sis or a-po-the-ō′sis, deification, esp. the formal attribution of divine honours to a deceased Roman emperor, or special object of the imperial favour—a logical corollary to the worship of ancestors, degenerating naturally by anticipation into the adoration of the living: the glorification of a principle or person: ascension to glory, release from earthly life: resurrection
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. , fr. to deify; from + to deify, a god
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; apotheo-ein, apo, away from what he was, theos, a god.

Usage

In literature:

It was to be the apotheosis of Henry, was that night!
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
Possibly, in you, latent, sleeps the exquisite apotheosis of Art incarnate!
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
Strictly and literally the apotheosis.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
If ever I saw a maternal type, Miss Ann Martin is the apotheosis of it.
"Outside Inn" by Ethel M. Kelley
The dust of Richebourg, which the wind carries away, what an apotheosis of the dust!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He would have defined love as the apotheosis of comfort.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
Its partial resurgence was the first great step in the processes of the Apotheosis.
"The Gnôsis of the Light" by F. Lamplugh
The Apotheosis of this God hath cost many a poor Man his Heart.
"The Lovers Assistant, or, New Art of Love" by Henry Fielding
The baron had arrived at the apotheosis of fiery and fearful ugliness.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
It is the triumph of insignificance, the apotheosis of foppery and folly.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
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In poetry:

Marveling he stands on the cathedral's
steep ascent, close to the rose window,
as though frightened at the apotheosis
which grew and all at once
"Adam" by Rainer Maria Rilke
And He hears
The mighty Alleluia of the stars,
The choirs of glowing spheres in whirling flood
Of song and high apotheosis,
All surging to His feet in incense clouds.
"The Legend Of The Earth" by Sarah Anne Curzon
We name it beauty—that permitted part,
The love-elected apotheosis
Of Nature, which the god within the heart,
Just touching, makes immortal, but by this—
A star, a rose, the memory of a kiss.
"Assumption" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

The Apotheosis of Michele Bachmann.
Wagner famously hailed Beethoven's Seventh Symphony as "the apotheosis of the dance"—but then, he never got a chance to see the African traditional dance showcases of Ologundê, Bonga & the Vodou Drums of Haiti, and Kotchegna Dance Company.
She is the apotheosis of apparel design.
Even in the '70s, the decade that rendered the phrase "wretched excess" a critical cliché, Bat Out of Hell distinguished itself as the apotheosis of theatrical hard-rock overkill.
"Frankenweenie" is the apotheosis of Goth director Tim Burton's body of work: artistic yet sterile, incredibly meticulous and totally misbegotten.
Capitalism is a wild ride in The Apotheosis of Pig Husbandry.
Symbolism, an apotheosis of personal expression that swept through all the arts at the end of the nineteenth century, marked Europe's final break with the classical humanism of the Renaissance.
Frankenweenie is the apotheosis of goth director Tim Burton's oeuvre: artistic yet sterile, incredibly meticulous and totally misbegotten.
Did "South Park" reach its apotheosis this season.
The holy trinity of meat, bread, and condiments reaches its apotheosis in burger form—the combo of patty, bun, and what-have-you can be nothing short of divine.
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