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uh po thee oh suhs

  • n  model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
  • n  the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)

  • The apotheosis of Dumford by the oratorical Mayor of Tigana brought tears to the eyes of many of his auditors who failed to realize that he was merely indulging in hyperbole.
  • Under an expert like Murata, kaiseki is not merely the apotheosis of Japanese cuisine, but of Japanese culture.
  • This apotheosis of his image has been accompanied by a parallel disappearance of the real man, swallowed by the myth.
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  • The Inspector Gadget Tech That Ended Up Becoming Real
    Back when many of us were still kids and many more had yet to even be twinkles in our mothers' uteri, Inspector Gadget was the apotheosis of all of technology's promises—many of which, it turns out, came true. Vanity Fair has a wonderful little collection of those gadgets of the inspector's that were particularly prescient. Read more...        
    July 11, 2013 - Gizmodo

  • Richard Wagner in GlobalTV
    Wagner called the raucous last movement "the apotheosis of the dance" and went on even more ludicrously about it.
  • Andrew Bacevich in Inter Press Service (subscription)
    The military has become "the apotheosis of all that is great and good about contemporary America," writes Boston University professor Andrew Bacevich, a retired army colonel, in his new book, 'The American Military: How Americans Are Seduced by...
  • Lawrence Halprin in Washington Post
    Of all his successes, Mr. Halprin called the FDR Memorial "the apotheosis of all that I have done."

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