apoc·​a·​lyp·​ti·​cism | \ ə-ˌpä-kə-ˈlip-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce apocalypticism (audio) \
variants: or apocalyptism \ ə-​ˈpä-​kə-​ˌlip-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce apocalypticism (audio) \

Definition of apocalypticism

: apocalyptic expectation especially : a doctrine concerning an imminent end of the world and an ensuing general resurrection and final judgment

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Recent Examples on the Web After the exhausting apocalypticism of the Trump presidency and the frustrating polarization of the past 20 years, there is a certain logic in returning to the values of experience, pragmatism, cooperation and unity. David Greenberg, Washington Post, "A Joe Biden biography with a few surprises," 23 Oct. 2020 Thus, socialism has returned at the same time as climate apocalypticism, transhuman and transgender ideology, anti-vaccination movements, anti-Semitism, conspiracies, and ethnonationalism. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The Fight against Socialism Isn’t Over," 14 Mar. 2020 His annotations crackled with apocalypticism, offering readers a precise understanding of when the world would end and what would happen beforehand. Liya Rechtman, BostonGlobe.com, "When the apocalypse is a feature, not a bug," 12 May 2018 Walker terrified readers by unfolding this premise a step further, from passive apocalypticism to active holy war: if slavery defied God’s law, so did obedient slaves. Kenyon Gradert, Smithsonian, "The Book That Spooked the South," 8 Feb. 2018 Amid the threats, apocalypticism and ugly passions of the 2016 election, its bloodless cynicism and petty stakes are almost reassuring, like President Bartlet’s idealism was after the Clinton impeachment. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "‘Veep’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Echo Our Politics, as Farce and Tragedy," 21 Apr. 2016 Note that Žižek is not employing the concept of apocalypticism pejoratively. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, "Four Modes of Gothic dissimulation and a will-to-ignorance," 4 Jan. 2010 Its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, combined Mr. Zarqawi’s views with an apocalypticism taking hold amid the region’s upheaval. Max Fisher, New York Times, "Straightforward Answers to Basic Questions About Syria’s War," 18 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of apocalypticism

1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apocalypticism

apocalypticism from apocalyptic + -ism; apocalyptism from apocalypt(ic) + -ism

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“Apocalypticism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apocalypticism. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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