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apotheosis (noun) treating, or declaring a person, or a thing as a god; deification; the glorifying of a thing.

Apotheosis consists in declaring a person as a god. Treating a person as having divine qualities, powers, and holiness is apotheosis. Raising a person to the level of a god is apotheosis. A moral principle raised to a sacred level (that of a god), is apotheosis.

  • In many ancient civilizations like those of ancient Egypt, India, and Rome, apotheosis was common, as the rulers were invariably declared gods.
  • In some communities in ancient times, there was the apotheosis of certain ideals like truth, which as a result were considered divine.
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