- the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god.
- the ideal example; epitome; quintessence.
1600s, from L.L. apotheosis "deification," from Gk. apotheosis, from apotheoun "deify, make (someone) a god," from apo- special use of this prefix, meaning, here, "change" + theos "god" (see Thea). Verb apotheosize is attested from 1760.
"Relationships of various duration (a year being, according to my own observations, an acceptable amount of time) and of variable number (an average of ten to twenty might be considered a reasonable estimate) were supposed to succeed one another until they ended, like an apotheosis, with the last relationship, this one conjugal and definitive, which would lead, via the be getting of children, to the formation of a family."
- Michel Houellebecq, as translated by Lorin Stein, Submission