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

Examples of apocalypticism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The apocalypticism and the persecution complex of the movement are perfectly suited to the task. Katherine Stewart, The New Republic, 10 Jan. 2022 Huntington doesn’t pay much attention to conservative Protestant apocalypticism, which was a key factor in this era. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2021 Death, violence and apocalypticism surged with the Black Death of the 1340s. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 Initially, white evangelical apocalypticism was conservative and anti-statist, but not overtly partisan. Matthew Avery Sutton, The New Republic, 14 Jan. 2021 Evangelical apocalypticism creates a very particular ideology and a very particular form of cultural engagement. Matthew Avery Sutton, The New Republic, 14 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 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, 12 May 2018 See More

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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 4 Jul. 2022.

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