- 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
- 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.
- 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”).
- Of the Cathari, and in Calabria the apocalyptic gospel of Joachim of Floris, all bearing witness to the commotion of the time.
- This idea that the Messianic kingdom of the future on earth should have a definite duration has - like the whole eschatology of the primitive Church - its roots in the Jewish apocalyptic literature, where it appears at a comparatively late period.
- So early as the year '70, a church party in Asia Minor - the so-called Alogi - rejected the whole body of apocalyptic writings and denounced the book of Revelation as a book of fables.
- It was only the chronologists and historians of the church who, following Julius Africanus, made use of apocalyptic numbers in their calculations, while court theologians like Eusebius entertained the imperial table with discussions as to whether the dining-hall of the emperor - the second David and Solomon, the beloved of God - might not be the New Jerusalem of John's Apocalypse.
- In the Semitic churches of the East (the Syrian, Arabian and Ethiopian), and in that of Armenia, the apocalyptic literature was preserved much longer than in the Greek Church.