If your teacher says the term paper you handed in last week is a work of genius that sets a new gold standard for the school, he’s telling you your work is the apotheosis of term papers. The epitome. Perfection.

Hidden in the middle of apotheosis you’ll find the Greek theos, meaning god. (Theology, the study of religion, has the same root.) Combine theos with apo “from” and you get a person, place, or thing that is so out-of-this-world amazing that it seems as if it’s “from God.” It’s divine. You could make the assertion that Leonardo da Vinci was the apotheosis of genius and that the Mona Lisa is the apotheosis of all his paintings.

Definitions of apotheosis
  1. noun

    model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

    ideal, nonesuch, nonpareil, nonsuch, paragon, saint
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    crackerjack, jimdandy, jimhickey

    someone excellent of their kind
    class act

    someone who shows impressive and stylish excellence

    someone of remarkable excellence
    type of:

    model, role model

    someone worthy of imitation

  2. noun

    the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)

    deification, exaltation
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    the activity of worshipping

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