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 (dē′ə-fī′, dā′-)
tr.v. dei·fied, dei·fy·ing, dei·fies
1. To make a god of; raise to the condition of a god.
2. To worship or revere as a god: deify a leader.
3. To idealize; exalt: deifying success.

[Middle English deifien, from Old French deifier, from Late Latin deificāre, from deificus, deific; see deific.]

de′i·fi′er n.
References in classic literature ?
And this reminds me that had the great Sperm Whale been known to the young Orient World, he would have been deified by their child-magian thoughts.
Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls deified among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city.
In common with nearly all races of Barsoom he clung, more or less inherently, to a certain exalted form of ancestor worship, though it was rather the memory or legends of the virtues and heroic deeds of his forebears that he deified rather than themselves.
The author of "Zarathustra" never lost sight of that egregious example of a transvaluation of all values through Christianity, whereby the whole of the deified mode of life and thought of the Greeks, as well as strong Romedom, was almost annihilated or transvalued in a comparatively short time.
The pope wrote, "The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all," and later warned, "Whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market.
The suggestion was made at a time when Sean FitzPatrick was deified.
PRIESTS at an ancient Shiva temple in South Gujarat have decided to remove Sai idol from the temple complex following Dwarka Peeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati's controversial call that Hindus should not worship deified figures.
The Canadian Opera Company has announced that it has commissioned a full-length opera inspired by the story of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his love for Antinous, a young favorite who was deified after drowning in the Nile.
Perhaps my personal favourite, though, was: "I suppose you might say it's been topsy-turvy in the sense that having been deified, people have then started to crucify me but that's part of the business.
This third Kim monarch not only looks like his deified grandfather, but has in part also acted like him with a purge of some of the senior leadership.
On his death Sir Jimmy was deified by the press, he was exactly the kind of loveable eccentric that the British tabloid media loves to celebrate, his work for charity and his lesser known, and now darkly ironic, campaigns for public decency in the 1970s and 1980s with Mary Whitehouse created a persona of simple down to earth integrity.
While I have never been able to grasp why a grown man going round and round on a bike, or someone sailing a wee boat, should be practically deified, I'll admit I'm probably in a minority.