Armageddon

noun

Ar·​ma·​ged·​don ˌär-mə-ˈge-dᵊn How to pronounce Armageddon (audio)
1
a
: the site or time of a final and conclusive battle between the forces of good and evil
b
: the battle taking place at Armageddon
2
: a usually vast decisive conflict or confrontation

Examples of Armageddon in a Sentence

the threat of nuclear Armageddon
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Word History

Etymology

Greek Armageddōn, Harmagedōn, scene of the battle foretold in Revelation 16:14–16

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of Armageddon was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Armageddon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Armageddon. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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