apocalypse

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noun apoc·a·lypse \ə-ˈpä-kə-ˌlips\

Definition of apocalypse

  1. 1a :  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 kingdomb capitalized :  revelation 3

  2. 2a :  something viewed as a prophetic revelationb :  armageddon

  3. 3 :  a great disaster an environmental apocalypse

Examples of apocalypse in a Sentence

  1. His book tells of an environmental apocalypse.

  2. the fear that the next global pandemic could be an apocalypse of biblical proportions

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Origin and Etymology 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




APOCALYPSE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of apocalypse for English Language Learners

  • : a great disaster : a sudden and very bad event that causes much fear, loss, or destruction



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