V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. a model of excellence or a perfect example of something; 2. the highest level of something; 3. elevation of a person to divine status
Synonyms: deification, exaltation, epitome, quintessence, idealization, embodiment, pinnacle
Antonyms: debasement, degradation
Tips: Apotheosis is derived from the Greek theos, "God." An apotheosis is the utmost, best, or quintessential example of something as "God" is often considered to be the best, highest, or most powerful living force.
This work represents the apotheosis of research in the field and deserves to win the prize. (embodiment, essence)
Wearing white shoes in autumn used to be considered the apotheosis of bad taste. (embodiment, perfect example)
The Senator's passage of the conservation bill proved to be the apotheosis of his political career. (pinnacle)
Da Vinci's painting, the Mona Lisa, represents, to some, the apotheosis of his work. (pinnacle, idealization)
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