Definition of apotheosis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˌpɒθiˈəʊsɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˌpɑːθiˈoʊsɪs//
    [usually singular] (pl. apotheoses
    BrE BrE//əˌpɒθiˈəʊsiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˌpɑːθiˈoʊsiːz//
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  1. 1the highest or most perfect development of something
  2. 2the best time in somebody’s life or career
  3. 3a formal statement that a person has become a god the apotheosis of a Roman emperor
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent.: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek apotheōsis, from apotheoun ‘make a god of’, from apo ‘from’ + theos ‘god’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: apotheosis