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deify (verb) turn into a god; idolize.
When people worship a person as god, they deify them. Film fans deify their favorite stars, that is, they treat them as gods; worship them. Kings of the past were deified, that is, they were treated as gods. To deify a person is to show them extreme respect, and give them the honor worthy of gods.
- The folklore of the ancient Greece contains many stories where the heroes of the stories are deified.
- The Pharaohs of ancient Egypt were deified. They were treated as the direct descendents of the gods, and were worshipped with as much reverence as were the gods.