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Monday, July 15

Apogee

[a-pə-(ˌ)jē]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, late 16th century

1.

The highest point in development; apex

2.

The point in orbit when an object is farthest from the earth

Examples of Apogee in a sentence

"When the satellite is at its apogee, you won't be able to see it with a telescope."

"Her creative output had reached its apogee, winning her multiple awards."

About Apogee

We are quite familiar with seeing famous, apogee-reaching faces win Academy Awards, but what about someone who has won the Golden Raspberry Award? It's not quite as glamorous as it sounds. The tongue-in-cheek "award" is given to the worst movies and performances of the year, traditionally on the day before the Oscars ceremony.

Did you Know?

We owe the word apogee to the scientifically masterful ancient Greeks, who even thousands of years ago had a specific word for describing something "away from Earth."

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