deification

Deification is when a person is treated like a god. If you love your basketball coach so much that you build her an altar and bow whenever she walks by, that’s deification. And a little weird.

This word is a variation of deify which means to treat someone like a deity (a god). Deification is treating a mere mortal as someone godly. Often, this word is used negatively. For example, enthusiastic fans of someone could be accused of deification by non-fans. Someone must be considered extremely impressive to be the object of deification. This word is related to Latin deus (god).

Definitions of deification
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n the elevation of a person (as to the status of a god)

Synonyms:
apotheosis, exaltation
Type of:
worship
the activity of worshipping

n an embodiment of the qualities of a god

“the capitalists' deification of capital”
Type of:
avatar, embodiment, incarnation
a new personification of a familiar idea

n the condition of being treated like a god

Type of:
condition, status
a state at a particular time

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