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Definition model of excellence; or best point in one's development

or more rarely:

to glorify or idealize; or to elevate a person to the status of a god
  • I cannot depend upon my memory to say that even his Desecnt from the Cross or his Apotheosis of the Virgin exceeded these measures.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • This is the fifth race whose apotheosis we have watched.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • You will have an apotheosis.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • It is the apotheosis of Amy.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Your goal is a democratic empire, the world-state, the apotheosis of the principle of the nation-state on a universal plane.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Virginity isn't an apotheosis.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Part 1 Chapter 2 Subsection 5 — Apotheosis.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • In the barracks, the grand forgetfulness had begun among the freshmen as we recognized the imminence of our apotheosis from plebes to upperclassmen.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Thus a mild sort of apotheosis took place in his fancy, whilst she still lived and breathed within his own horizon, a troubled creature like himself.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Up from the spray of thy ocean-perishing—straight up, leaps thy apotheosis!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • This transformation of man into God is called apotheosis.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • They laugh and hunt, and there is in the air the brilliance of an apotheosis—what a transfiguration effected by love!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • As a way to arrive at the truth, exactitude and methodology are, in the end, far inferior to vision and apotheosis.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The desert was the apotheosis of all deserts, huge, standing to the sky for what might have been parsecs in all directions.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • In the midst of the excitement of the family the scandalization of Ursula, the joy of the people cramming the street to watch that apotheosis of squandering.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • What an apotheosis!
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Julius Caesar, and other Emperors after him, had the like Testimony; that is, were Canonized for Saints; now defined; and is the same with the Apotheosis of the Heathen.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • It was as if all their individual five senses had become one organ of looking, like an apotheosis, the words that flew among them wind- or air-engendered Is that him?
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Maester Thomax's Dragonkin, Being a History of House Targaryen from Exile to Apotheosis, with a Consideration of the Life and Death of Dragons had not been so fortunate.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • She went to the boot-room where her pattens had hung ever since her apotheosis; took them down, had their mildewed leathers blacked, and put them on as she had done in old times.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge

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