apocalyptic

adjective
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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Other Words from apocalyptic

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

Synonyms for apocalyptic

Synonyms

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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Your fave Riverdale stars look glam and tragic AF in the series of shots that show the two in high-fashion garb amongst some sort of post-apocalyptic situation. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Cole Sprouse Reveals His First Kiss Happened In the Back of a Hearse," 29 July 2019 And just like that, Mad Mack’s Burger Co. (named after two of their nieces, not the post-apocalyptic Mel Gibson character) was born. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Mad Mack’s Burger Co.," 26 July 2019 There was time travel, space travel, a post-apocalyptic Earth rescued via time and space travel, and blue aliens. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "So Long, You Weird, Space-Time-Defying Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," 19 July 2019 The film, Gupt explained, is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans have gone extinct due to their misadventures. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A Mumbai-based startup may soon create India’s answer to The Simpsons," 25 June 2019 Collins set the Hunger Games books in a post-apocalyptic dystopia where young people must fight and kill each other, on live television. Hillel Italie, Dallas News, "'Hunger Games' prequel novel coming in 2020," 18 June 2019 That means more ridiculously frenetic and colorful shooting with an unapologetically self-aware, over-the-top, post-apocalyptic attitude. Sam Machkovech And Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The best games, demos, and tech of E3 2019," 14 June 2019 What about our big apocalyptic engagement here between John and June? Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Fear the Walking Dead showrunners on that surprise engagement," 22 July 2019 Despite their semi-apocalyptic appearance and behavior, black garden ants pose no threat to humans. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Swarms of Flying Ants Overtaking Great Britain Show Up as Rain on Radar," 20 July 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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apocalyptic

adjective

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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