- The definition of an apocalypse is an event that causes a tremendous amount of damage, perhaps even so much damage that the world ends.
Armageddon is an example of an apocalypse.
- Apocalypse is defined as a group of Jewish and Christian writings such as the Book of Revelation, the last book in the Holy Bible, which predict events at the end of the world.
The Book of Revelation of the New Testament is an example of the Apocalypse.
- any of various Jewish and Christian pseudonymous writings (c. 200 -c. 300) depicting symbolically the ultimate destruction of evil and triumph of good
- a disclosure regarded as prophetic; revelation
- a cataclysmic event, esp. the sudden and violent end of the world
- the last book of the New Testament; Revelation
Origin of apocalypseEcclesiastical Late Latin apocalypsis ; from Classical Greek apokalypsis ; from apokalyptein, to disclose ; from apo-, from + kalyptein, to cover ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ?el- from source hall
- a. Apocalypse Abbr. Apoc. Bible The Book of Revelation.b. Any of a number of anonymous Jewish or Christian texts from around the second century BC to the second century AD containing prophetic or symbolic visions, especially of the imminent destruction of the world and the salvation of the righteous.
- a. The end of the world, especially as described in one of these texts.b. A great catastrophe that results in widespread destruction or the collapse of civilization: “The United States was calling in air strikes and heavy armor until we had the feeling that the whole thing was going to end in apocalypse” (Phillip Robertson).
- A prophetic disclosure; a revelation.
Origin of apocalypseMiddle English Apocalipse, from Late Latin Apocalypsis, from Greek apokalupsis, revelation, Apocalypse, from apokaluptein, to uncover : apo-, apo- + kaluptein, to cover; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A revelation. [from 14th c.]
- The early development of Perl 6 was punctuated by a series of apocalypses by Larry Wall.
- (Christianity) The events prophesied in the Revelation of John; the second coming and the end of life on Earth; global destruction. [from 19th c.]
- A disaster; a cataclysmic event. [from 19th c.]
From Latin apocalypsis, from Ancient Greek ἀποκάλυψις (apokalupsis, “revelation”), from ἀπό (apo, “away”) and καλύπτω (kaluptō, “I cover”).
- (countable, biblical) The written account of a revelation of hidden things given by God to a chosen prophet.
- Apocalypses of Adam and Abraham (Epiphanius) and of Elias (Jerome) are also mentioned.
From Ancient Greek ἀποκάλυψις (apokalupsis, “revelation”).