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Pronunciation:  u`pâthee'owsis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)
  2. [n]  model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

APOTHEOSIS is a 10 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: deification, exaltation, ideal, nonesuch, nonpareil, nonsuch, paragon, saint
 See Also: crackerjack, humdinger, jimdandy, jimhickey, model, role model, worship



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ap`o*the"o*sis\ (?; 277), n. pl. {Apotheoses}. [L.,
fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to deify; ? from + ? to deify, ? a god.]
1. The act of elevating a mortal to the rank of, and placing
   him among, ``the gods;'' deification.

2. Glorification; exaltation. ``The apotheosis of chivalry.''
   --Prescott. ``The noisy apotheosis of liberty and
   machinery.'' --F. Harrison.

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