Simple Definition of apocalypse
: a great disaster : a sudden and very bad event that causes much fear, loss, or destruction
Full Definition of apocalypse
1 a : one of the Jewish and Christian writings of 200 b.c. to a.d. 150 marked by pseudonymity, symbolic imagery, and the expectation of an imminent cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil and raises the righteous to life in a messianic kingdom b capitalized : revelation 3
2 a : something viewed as a prophetic revelation b : armageddon
3 : a great disaster <an environmental apocalypse>
Examples of apocalypse
His book tells of an environmental apocalypse.
<the fear that the next global pandemic could be an apocalypse of biblical proportions>
Origin of apocalypse
Middle English, revelation, Revelation, from Anglo-French apocalipse, from Late Latin apocalypsis, from Greek apokalypsis, from apokalyptein to uncover, from apo- + kalyptein to cover — more at hell
First Known Use: 13th century
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