Definition of apogee in English:



  • 1The highest point in the development of something; a climax or culmination.

    ‘a film which was the apogee of German expressionist cinema’
    • ‘It would mark the apogee of a dumbed-down society, but it is unlikely to happen.’
    • ‘In my view, the 1970s and perhaps early-to-mid 1980s represent the apogee of the Anthropology Department, if not the University of Sydney itself.’
    • ‘Despite all the glories that came later, the show suggests that this was the apogee of New York, and it's hard to disagree.’
    • ‘Perhaps the apogee of the anti-globalisation movement came during the Group of Eight Meeting in Genoa in the third week of July, when some 300,000 people marched in the face of police tear-gas attacks.’
    • ‘‘The Oscars are the apogee of the awards season - after that, no one is interested,’ said one UK distributor.’
    • ‘And in the meantime, we are once again at an apogee of music, that resonates not only in the studio but in the global festival scene.’
    • ‘The British, even at the apogee of their power as world's prime empire-builders, knew exactly the cost of putting their hand into a hornet's nest.’
    • ‘This is the apogee of my career in anthropology, as well as the highlight of whatever personal accomplishments I may have earned in my chosen profession.’
    • ‘A TV show of the 80s assumed that a burger was the apogee of western sophistication.’
    • ‘If the United States, the richest country in the world at the apogee of its own wealth, does not take the lead, the rest of the world will not follow.’
    • ‘The rage for mirrors reached an apogee in the construction of the great Hall of Mirrors at Louis XIV's palace at Versailles, completed in 1678; here the Sun King's magnificence could be endlessly reflected.’
    • ‘From their arrival in England the ‘Elgin Marbles’ had a revolutionary impact on European taste, and the Parthenon sculptures are still considered to mark the apogee of Greek art.’
    • ‘He had believed that the assumption of immortality through religion was the apogee of man's greed.’
    • ‘How can the apogee of 19th century technology compete with silicon?’
    • ‘Stalin retained control through the continuous flow of information, his monopoly of secret intelligence and his immense authority - in these years his cult of the personality reached its apogee.’
    • ‘The card was written at the apogee of Einstein's fame.’
    • ‘Yet by the end of the nineteenth century - the apogee of the Victorian Age - the moral justification for the empire and the scientific knowledge of the effects of opium use could no longer ensure that this drug trade would go unchallenged.’
    • ‘The 1950s and early 1960s witnessed the apogee of clerical power in Ireland.’
    • ‘The best-selling album of all time, this was the apogee of Jackson's career.’
    • ‘Everyone splashed and basked: the apogee of summer, the point when it seems so ordinary it must be eternal.’
    climax, pinnacle, peak, high point, highest point, height, high water mark, top, summit, crest, zenith, crowning moment, apotheosis
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  • 2Astronomy
    The point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is furthest from the earth.

    The opposite of perigee
    • ‘The satellite will thus be altering its speed at different times in its orbit and will have a maximum speed at perigee and minimum at apogee.’
    • ‘And later on when we once again stepped out into the night air, the three-quarter moon was past its apogee.’
    • ‘A few taps on the pocket calculator show that the Moon's speed in its geocentric orbit is around 2,300 miles per hour, although variable between perigee and apogee.’
    • ‘As the satellite rose up to the apogee of its orbit, the particle counts rose steadily until they reached the highest level, stayed at the maximum for a while, and then abruptly dropped to zero.’
    • ‘Contrasting full moons seen near perigee and apogee indicate how much the apparent size of the Moon varies each month.’
    top, peak, mountaintop, crest, crown, apex, vertex, tip, cap
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Late 16th century: from French apogée or modern Latin apogaeum, from Greek apogaion (diastēma), ‘(distance) away from earth’, from apo ‘from’ + gaia, gē ‘earth’.