Guilty of apostasy.
- We must punish this apostate priest.
- So spake the apostate angel.
- A wretched and apostate state.
A person who has renounced a religion or faith.
(Roman Catholicism) One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.
The fact or action of becoming or making into a god; deification.
* 1986 , SRF Price, Rituals and Power , p. 75:
* 2002 , CE Newlands, Statius' Silvae and the Politics of Empire , p. 176:
- In Rome itself the official position was clear: the apotheosis of the emperor took place only after his death; this had to be officially recognized by the Senate, and only then did the emperor become a divus with an official cult.
Glorification, exaltation; crediting someone or something with extraordinary power or status.
- As a former mortal who underwent apotheosis , Hercules was important to the emperors.
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* 1974', Per Lord Hailsham, ' Smedleys Ltd v Breed 2 All ER 21(HL) at 24 :
A glorified example or ideal; the apex or pinnacle (of a concept or belief).
* 1925 , (William Carlos Williams), '(Edgar Allan Poe)', In The American Grain , 1990, p. 232:
- Thereafter, the caterpillar achieved a sort of posthumous apotheosis . From local authority to the Dorchester magistrates, from the Dorchester magistrates to a Divisional Court presided over by the Lord Chief Justice of England, from the Lord Chief Justice to the House of Lords, the immolated insect has at length plodded its methodical way to the highest tribunal in the land.
The best moment or highest point in the development of something, for example of a life or career; the apex, culmination, or climax (of a development).
- In his despair he had nowhere to turn. It is the very apotheosis of the place and the time.
Loosely, release from earthly life, ascension to heaven; death.
* 1851 , (Herman Melville), (Moby-Dick) :
(psychology) The latent entity that mediates between a person's psyche and their thoughts. The id, ego and superego in Freudian Psychology are examples of this.
- Bear thee grimly, demigod! Up from the spray of thy ocean-perishing — straight up, leaps thy apotheosis !
* (making into a god) deification
* (act of glorification) exaltation, glorification
* (top point) apex, climax, culmination, peak, pinnacle
* (death) see also: death