Word of the Day: apotheosis

Definition of apotheosis

noun (plural apotheoses /-siːz/)

  1. the highest point in the development of something; a culmination or climax: his appearance as Hamlet was the apotheosis of his career
  2. the elevation of someone to divine status: death spared Pompey the task of having to account for the apotheosis of Caesar

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