deify | deification

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treat with extreme respect or admiration

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deify - worship

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The word ‘deify’ was for a long time used express making somebody or something into a god. While it can still be used for that purpose, in modern times a more common usage is to describe the veneration of great or highly popular people, such as politicians, sport stars, musicians, etc.

Synonyms idolize
Antonyms degrade,demonize

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  1. In Roman times, it was common for people to deify their emperors so that they became god-like.

  2. The statesman brought peace and prosperity to his people, and he was deified for it.

  3. The deification of certain celebrities by their fans is enhanced by the access to their lives that social media provides.

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