- The definition of apocalyptic are predictions of or comments on a destructive event (often one that is to occur in the future).
A warning about the results of global warming is an example of an apocalyptic warning.
- Apocalyptic is defined as something that refers to the Book of Revelation.
The Four Horseman in the Holy Bible is an example of an apocalyptic story.
- of or like an apocalypse
- of or relating to a sudden and violent end of the world
- of or constituting a culminating or decisive event, turning point, etc., esp. one that is unsettling or threatening
- Relating to or predicting the end of the world, especially as described in the Bible or another religious text.
- Relating to or predicting widespread destruction or the collapse of civilization: “The refugees in the camps spoke of apocalyptic devastation and tens of thousands dead” (Amitav Ghosh).
- Characterized by predictions of or allusions to a disastrous outcome: spoke of the impending economic crisis in apocalyptic terms.
- One who predicts apocalypse.
From Ancient Greek ἀποκαλυπτικός (apokaluptikos, “revelatory”), from ἀποκαλύπτειν (apokaluptein, “to reveal, uncover”), from ἀπό (apo, “off”) + καλύπτειν (kaluptein, “to cover”).