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Apotheosis vs. Quintessence — What's the Difference?

Apotheosis vs. Quintessence — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Apotheosis and Quintessence

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Apotheosis

Apotheosis (Greek: ἀποθέωσις, from ἀποθεόω/ἀποθεῶ, ''to deify''; also called divinization and deification from Latin: deificatio, lit. ''making divine'') is the glorification of a subject to divine levels and commonly, the treatment of a human being, any other living thing, or an abstract idea in the likeness of a deity. The term has meanings in theology, where it refers to a belief, and in art, where it refers to a genre.

Quintessence

The pure, highly concentrated essence of a thing.

Apotheosis

Exaltation to divine rank or stature; deification.

Quintessence

The purest or most typical instance
The quintessence of evil.

Apotheosis

Elevation to a preeminent or transcendent position; glorification
"tried to attribute Warhol's current apotheosis to the subversive power of artistic vision" (Michiko Kakutani).
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Quintessence

In ancient and medieval philosophy, the fifth and highest essence after the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water, thought to be the substance of the heavenly bodies and latent in all things.

Apotheosis

An exalted or glorified example
Their leader was the apotheosis of courage.

Quintessence

A form of dark energy due to a hypothetical scalar field that permeates all space, the energy density of which varies across space and time, in contrast to the cosmological constant.

Apotheosis

The fact or action of becoming or making into a god; deification.

Quintessence

A thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something; epitome, prototype.

Apotheosis

Glorification, exaltation; crediting someone or something with extraordinary power or status.
The turn of the century saw the apotheosis of digital technology.

Quintessence

A pure substance.

Apotheosis

A glorified example or ideal; the apex or pinnacle (of a concept or belief).

Quintessence

The essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form.

Apotheosis

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).
The apotheosis of her career was her appointment as chairman.

Quintessence

(alchemy) The fifth alchemical element, or essence, after earth, air, fire, and water that fills the universe beyond the terrestrial sphere.

Apotheosis

(loosely) Release from earthly life, ascension to heaven; death.

Quintessence

(physics) A hypothetical form of dark energy postulated to explain observations of an accelerating universe.

Apotheosis

(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.

Quintessence

(transitive) To reduce to its purest and most concentrated essence.

Apotheosis

The act of elevating a mortal to the rank of, and placing him among, "the gods;" deification.

Quintessence

The fifth or last and highest essence or power in a natural body. See Ferment oils, under Ferment.

Apotheosis

Glorification; exaltation.

Quintessence

Hence: An extract from anything, containing its rarest virtue, or most subtle and essential constituent in a small quantity; pure or concentrated essence.
Let there be light, said God; and forthwith lightEthereal, first of things, quintessence pure,Sprung from the deep.

Apotheosis

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

Quintessence

The most characteristic form or most perfect example of some type of object.

Apotheosis

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

Quintessence

To distil or extract as a quintessence; to reduce to a quintessence.

Quintessence

The fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies

Quintessence

The purest and most concentrated essence of something

Quintessence

The most typical example or representative of a type

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