apoc·​a·​lyp·​tic | \ ə-ˌpä-kə-ˈlip-tik How to pronounce apocalyptic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly apocalyptical \ -​ti-​kəl How to pronounce apocalyptical (audio) \

Definition of apocalyptic

1 : of, relating to, or resembling an apocalypse apocalyptic events
2 : forecasting the ultimate destiny of the world : prophetic apocalyptic warnings
3 : foreboding imminent disaster or final doom : terrible apocalyptic signs of the coming end-times
4 : wildly unrestrained : grandiose
5 : ultimately decisive : climactic an apocalyptic battle

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apocalyptically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce apocalyptically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for apocalyptic


climacteric, climactic

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Examples of apocalyptic in a Sentence

No one listened to her apocalyptic predictions. a less apocalyptic view of the future the apocalyptic destruction of the world
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Both blōhsh and Marine Serre embrace a post-apocalyptic vibe, with repeating head-to-toe patterns and glow-in-the-dark accents. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "You Can Now Buy a Billie Eilish Doll, Courtesy of Takashi Murakami," 29 May 2019 And her 2010 novel, Who Fears Death, which follows a young woman with magical powers in post-apocalyptic Sudan, is being made into an HBO series coproduced by Okorafor and Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin, among others. Abigail Haworth, Marie Claire, "African Female Superheroes Are About to Take Over," 16 May 2019 Perhaps in a post-apocalyptic world, plants, birds, and humans will merge into a new mutant species. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Björk and Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing on Their Otherworldly Fashion Collaboration," 10 May 2019 The media mogul is also launching See for the platform, a post-apocalyptic show starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Launching a Show with Oprah for Apple," 10 Apr. 2019 In one conversation, Flake cites David Koresh, the former leader of the apocalyptic religious cult, the Branch Davidians. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter Two: By a Thread," 16 May 2018 As smoky, apocalyptic-looking skies spread across western North America, researchers are scrambling to improve their predictions of wildfire risk. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Is a hot climate or a dry climate key for forest fire risk?," 24 Aug. 2018 Citizens had no trouble transplanting that vision of a post-apocalyptic-looking nightmare onto Dallas. NBC News, "Dockless bikes promise the future of transportation, but litter the city of Dallas," 16 Apr. 2018 At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul, which wrapped up last Friday, the majority of the city’s collections were streetwear based, injected with a sense of apocalyptic doom and gloom, or proposed in genderless, yet flamboyant variations. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "Asli Filinta Is the Name to Know From Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Istanbul," 26 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of apocalyptic

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apocalyptic

borrowed from New Latin apocalypticus, derivative of apocalypsis apocalypse, by analogy with pairs such as ellīpsis ellipsis : ellīpticus elliptic

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English Language Learners Definition of apocalyptic

: of, relating to, or involving terrible violence and destruction
: of or relating to the end of the world

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