Definition of apocalypse in English:


Syllabification: a·poc·a·lypse
Pronunciation: /əˈpäkəˌlips


  • 1 (often the Apocalypse) The complete final destruction of the world, especially as described in the biblical book of Revelation. See also Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
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    • Unless you count the first two signs of The Apocalypse that suddenly appeared during the course of the day.
    • The batty old lady had made the mistake of incurring the wrath of the Riders of the Apocalypse, and she paid for that within the second.
    • The Apocalypse was drawing near and all he could do to stop it was kill.
  • 1.1 (the Apocalypse) (Especially in the Vulgate Bible) the book of Revelation.
  • 2An event involving destruction or damage on an awesome or catastrophic scale: a stock market apocalypse an era of ecological apocalypse
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    • As ever, Roth has the ability to suggest a vast historical catastrophe through the tiny apocalypses of ordinary life, which he renders with all of Baudelaire's poetic acuity.
    • They say an apocalypse is coming and, after so much destruction, many suspect it has already started.
    • These modernist writers wrote at what they took to be a moment of transition, between two apocalypses, one historical - and thus merely destructive - and one to be imagined.


Old English, via Old French and ecclesiastical Latin from Greek apokalupsis, from apokaluptein 'uncover, reveal', from apo- 'un-' + kaluptein 'to cover'.

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