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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Still, the director keeps matters moving along at a clip and successfully frames Charlie as a character of real, possibly apocalyptic, threat. Clark Collis, EW.com, 14 May 2022 Novoselivka itself was a scene of near-apocalyptic destruction. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2022 While some lawmakers and activists warned of near-apocalyptic impacts from the commission’s decision, candidates for Anchorage municipal office, whose by-mail election begins later this month, said their campaigns remain generally unaffected. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Mar. 2022 Even if the consequences are deadly, as in the climate-apocalyptic Voyagers (HBO Max). Jason Kehe, Wired, 14 Dec. 2021 Don’t Look Up a religious film even though its apocalyptic comedy very much derived from the climate-change religion that sees America as doomed. Armond White, National Review, 20 Apr. 2022 The 40-year-old actress and comedian teased the 2021 Netflix apocalyptic comedy during a monologue at the 94th annual Academy Awards on Sunday evening. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 27 Mar. 2022 The apocalyptic comedy about a comet headed for Earth has been more popular with Oscar voters than critics. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, 16 Mar. 2022 The West, once a beacon for all that was new and hopeful in America, could become an example of the grim, apocalyptic future the nation faces from climate change. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Apocalyptic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apocalyptic. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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