Word of the day: 2/13/15- Apotheosis

Word: Apotheosis

You pronounce it: [uh-poth-ee-oh-sis, ap-uh-thee-uh-sis]


noun, plural apotheoses [uh-poth-ee-oh-seez, ap-uh-thee-uh-seez]

(IPA:/əˌpɒθ iˈoʊ siz, ˌæp əˈθi əˌsiz/)( I know how important this is to English-Linguist majors)

1. the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god.
2. the ideal example; epitome; quintessence:
“This poem is the apotheosis of lyric expression.”


1570-80; < Late Latin < Greek. See apo-, theo-, -osis

I heard it during class discussion and as a colleague presented her “teaching presentation” of a section on Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. My classmate asked:

If Sonmi’s “ascension” can also be read as her apotheosis, what does that say about “knowledge”, “goodness” and “godliness” according to this quote from Plato?

Plato’s quote was:

. . .in the world of knowledge the idea of good appears last of all, and is seen only with an effort.

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Do not be afraid to adopt a new word into your daily lives. Class, yesterday, was filled with words I am not familiar with. In fact, I feel like the outcast in class because everyone is so incredibly brilliant and I. . .well let’s just say I do not feel up-to-par. I created “word of the day” to be able to expand my own vocabulary and hope you can join me by incorporating it through out your day.

Have a great weekend!

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